Music and movement lessons and activities

What’s involved

Having opportunities for students to participate in movement and music activities allows students to work on self-expression, social development, cognitive growth, and fine and gross motor skills. When providing students with movement and music activities, it is important to note that even though you may not be a music or physical education teacher, you can incorporate music and movement easily into your classroom.

  • Be intentional in planning movement and music activities.
  • Make movement and music activities a part of your daily plans.
  • Be willing to try something new and out of your comfort zone.
  • Add movement and music activities to what you already do.

Who can deliver it

  • teachers
  • school staff
  • principals
  • school districts
  • school leadership
  • student leaders

Time commitment

  • 5 to 30 minutes

Resources required

  • props (e.g., scarves, ribbons, tissue, plastic bags, parachutes, hula hoops, pool noodles, pencils)
  • music along with a device to play the music

Ideal learning environment

  • long term virtual learning
  • short term virtual learning
  • hybrid classroom
  • traditional classroom

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