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Primary Junior Arts: Music

This library guide provides Queen's teacher candidates with recommended resources for teaching music and for integrating music into primary junior classrooms.

Music Resources for K to 6 Teachers

Welcome!Cover of the Ontario Arts Curriculum, 1-8.

Teachers in Ontario aim to offer a "balanced music program [of] listening and responding, performing, interpreting, and creating and that may appeal to a wide variety of students" (p.16, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8, The Arts).

The Queen's Education Library supports your music teaching by providing you with:

  • library membership in the Ontario Music Educators' Association (access information for Queen's Faculty of Education is here).
  • rhythm and other small musical instruments, posters, big books, puppets, DVDs, and CDs
  • student textbooks for K to 6 with accompanying teacher guides
  • children's picture books with connections to music
  • information books about music and musicians (shelved in the M section!)
  • professional magazines for PJ teachers, including current issues of The Recorder (OMEA) and the Canadian Music Educator (CMEA)
  • K-6 textbooks & teacher guides from pre-2000 that include gems teachers still use 
  • hundreds of professional resources for teachers of music, including lesson plans, instructional strategies, ideas for connecting literacy and music, and more
  • MusicPlay from Themes & Variations
  • Ebooks for children & teachers, including Tumblebooks
  • Video from (CBC), Campus (NFB), On-Core, Learn360 and more


Featured Resource

Queen's Faculty of Education now has access to MusicPlay Online!!

music play logo

Faculty of Education students, staff, and faculty will find the access information you need on on the Passwords for Licensed Resources page of our Education Guide.

Don't forget that the MusicPlay binders and CDs are also available to you in our Kit collection, and we provide you with many of the other Themes & Variations material in the professional collection on Floor 3.  Just ask if you would like recommendations about where to start your lesson planning in music or if you need assistance finding the logon information.

Copyright Information for Teachers

Copyright Matters

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) provides Canadian teachers with Copyright Matters to answer common questions about copyright in Canadian classrooms