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Resources for Teachers

Download these free resources for use in your classroom. We encourage you to tailor these Instructional Units to suit your own curriculum requirements for elementary Music.

“Music Alive” (Music Alive Program Song)

This bilingual song was composed especially for the NAC Music Alive Program by Alberta musician and teacher Sherryl Sewepagaham.

English/Cree version:

Sheet music – vocal + percussion (PDF)
Audio, performed by Sherryl Sewepagaham (MP3)

French/Cree version:

Sheet music – vocal + percussion (PDF)
Audio, performed by Catherine Kubash (MP3)

Indigenous Arts

All My Relations: Celebrating Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

Teacher Guide
Audio and Video Tracks for Teacher Guide

Nitohta: Listen to Earthsounds

A teacher guide on listening and creating by Sherryl Sewepagaham (Cree-Dene) and Nicole Schutz (Métis). This resource is created from an Indigenous perspective to encourage and inspire students to be creative and to build a relationship with their environment through music.

Teacher Guide
Songs are alive - Speech Patterns (MP3)
Cree Dene Blackfoot Pronunciations (MP3)
Michif Counting to 10 -  Audio MP3 (MP3)
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (MP3)
Old MacDonald Had a Farm - Michif Animal Words (MP3)
Nikamona Pimatsi Makanwa (MP3)

Celebrating Canada's Indigenous Peoples through Song and Dance

There are 617 First Nation communities in Canada with diverse cultural practices. One commonality between cultures is an understanding of and relationship with the earth. The stories of this relationship can be expressed in many ways through music and song. The National Arts Centre is pleased to have worked with some very talented teachers and artists to create and share this resource.

Teacher Guide
Student Guide 

KsahKommii

Audio MP3
Sign language video
Sheet music 

Travelling Stick Game Song

Audio MP3
Sheet music 

Song for the Swimmers

Audio MP3 
Sheet music 

Classical Composers

R. Murray Schafer (1933- )

Listen Up, Canada! Inspired by the Music and Pedagogy of R. Murray Schafer:

You have probably heard the music of an orchestra before, but composer R. Murray Schafer takes it to a whole new level. Would you believe he used a snowmobile as an instrument? On a concert stage? With an orchestra? We kid you not! Mr. Schafer’s music is full of wonderful surprises and great beauty. Read on to find out more about this revolutionary Canadian composer!

Teacher Guide (PDF)
Student Newspaper Guide (PDF)
Excerpt #1: Miniwanka Opening (Audio)
Excerpt #2: Miniwanka Plosh (Audio)
Full audio recording of Miniwanka (Audio)
Full audio recording of Epitaph for Moonlight (Audio)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Schubert's Party:

Welcome to Schubert’s lively world of music, ideas, and parties! The National Arts Centre Orchestra is pleased to share the fascinating life, times, and music of one of the world’s greatest composers.

Student Newspaper Guide
Instructional Unit for Saskatchewan (PDF)

Schubert Instructional Unit (for Saskatchewan):

Track 1 Simple Rhythms (Audio)
Track 2 Percussion Accompaniment (Audio)
Track 3 Percussion Performance Accompaniment (Audio)
Track 4 Solfege Review (Audio)
Track 5 Do as "C" (Audio)
Track 6 I-V Chord Progression: tonic (Audio)
Track 7 I-V Chord Progression: Open Chord Triad (Audio)
Track 8 I-V Chord Progression: Chords Only (Audio)
Track 9 I-V Chord Performance (Audio)

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Introducing Beethoven:

A teacher’s guide and student newspaper containing information on the life, times, and music of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, the link between artists and human rights, and the instruments of the NAC Orchestra:

Teacher Resource Kit (PDF)
Student Newspaper Guide (PDF)

The Dynamic Mr. Beethoven

Because the music of Beethoven is filled with dramatic dynamic changes, this instructional unit focuses on performing and hearing musical dynamics.

Instructional Unit (PDF)

Beethoven: His Music in Our Lives

Instructional Unit (for Saskatchewan)
Track 1 Reviewing Rhythmic Reading (Audio)
Track 2 Reviewing Rhythmic Reading (Audio)
Track 3 Reading Melody: 2 Notes (Audio)
Track 4 Reading Melody: 3 Notes (Audio)
Track 5 Reading Melody: 5 Notes (Audio)
Track 6 Aboriginal Circle Game ("Pêyak, Nîso, Nisto") (Audio)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Let's Go Mozart!

Discover Mozart’s life, times, travels, and music , read a new work – “Buzz, Moz, and the Bees” – by award-winning Canadian author Roch Carrier; and enjoy the Teacher’s Corner and fun student activities:

Teacher Resource Kit 
Student Newspaper Guide 

Instructional Unit (for Alberta)

Exercises on Mozart's Divertimento for Strings - Audio tracks connected to the Mozart Instructional Unit for Alberta:

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5 

Track 6

Mozart: His Music and Those Who Enjoy It!

Instructional Unit for Saskatchewan 

Audio track: Simple Rhythms - Lesson 5

Listen to Pinchas Zukerman and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra perform

Mozart's Symphony No. 29 in A major

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Vivaldi and The Four Seasons:

Canada’s National Arts Centre is proud to present Vivaldi and The Four Seasons for elementary school teachers and their students. This unique resource resents a world of classical music that is fun, interactive, and relevant. You and your students will discover Vivaldi’s life, times, and music with the help of innovative lesson plans and student activity sheets. You will also learn about the four seasons through music, language arts, social studies, science, visual arts, drama and First Nations storytelling.

Teacher Resource Kit (PDF)
Student Newspaper Guide (PDF)

Instructional units for Alberta and Saskatchewan

Spring Into Rhythm - audio tracks connected to the Alberta Instructional Unit (page 11):

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5 

Track 6

Track 7

Track 8 

Track 9

Track 10 

Track 11 

Track 12 

Track 13 

Track 14 

Track 15 

Track 16 

Track 17 

Track 18 

Track 19 

Track 20 

Track 21 

Track 22 

Track 23

Track 24 

Track 25 

Track 26 

Track 27 

Listen to Pinchas Zukerman and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra perform

Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

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