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A selection of one-page lessons developed by the MacKenzie Art Gallery that are curriculum focused and designed for teachers.

A large list of lesson plans available to download for free, courtesy of the Dallas Symphony orchestra.  Lesson plans include:

  • Diorama (Peter and the Wolf)
  • Families of Instruments Listening Maps (Young Person's Guide)
  • Introduction to Direct Listening (Brassy Brass)
  • Percussion Signal Challenge (The Beat Goes On)
  • An American in Paris (American Celebration)
  • Meet the Composers Scavenger Hunt (Brassy Brass)
  • ...and more!...

Submitted by Louise Campbell

Peter and the Wolf is a simple fairy tale – or is it so simple? Fairy tales come out of traditions and cultures from around the world. They tell stories about everyday life for purposes of entertainment and jokes to teaching life lessons, values, culture and history. Like all stories, who tells the story, who it is being told to, and where and why it is being told is just as important...

Guest post by musician Louise Campbell, Artist in Schools

I have a bias towards living life unplugged, especially when it comes to being in a classroom with a room full of students. Despite this preference, tech is a huge part of most of our lives today, and especially of our students’ lives. The goal of this post is to give you some tips on how to use cellphones in the classroom in a way that keeps student...