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Primary Junior Arts: Music Teacher Resources

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

We support your Music teaching with:

  • an alert to a 1-year free  membership in the Ontario Music Educators' Association
  • rhythm & other small musical instruments, posters, big books, puppets, and DVDs
  • 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)
  • 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 (subscription password here for Queen's Faculty of Education)
  • Ebooks for children & teachers, including Tumblebooks (subscription password here for Queen's Faculty of Education)
  • Video from curio.ca (CBC), Campus (NFB), On-Core, Learn360 and more

Why Integrate Music into Your Classroom?

Docrat, Y. (2020). Why generalist K-12 teachers should use the arts to support students with exceptionalities in mainstream schools (even if they don’t consider themselves to be artistically inclined). schoolrubric.com

Edutopia. Arts Integration: New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills.  

people for education arts 2018

People for Education. Arts Education, 2018. 

People for Education. Annual Report, 2019.

Royal Conservatory of Music. (2014). The Benefits of Music Education.

Royal Conservatory of Music. (2014). The Benefits of Music Education infographic.‚Äč

Upitis, Rena. (2003). What is arts education good for? Education Canada, 43.4.

Upitis, Rena. (2011). Arts Education for the Development of the Whole Child. Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

Copyright Information for Teachers

Cover of the Ontario Arts Curriculum, 1-8.

Music Play Online

 MusicPlay Online is available to Queen's teacher candidates!

Faculty of Education students, staff, and faculty: your username and password for MusicPlay is on the Passwords for Licensed Resources page.

Watch Denise Gagné show you how to navigate your way to joyful music lessons on MusicPlay's YouTube channel.

The MusicPlay binders and CDs are in our Teacher Resource Room Kit collection, and we have many of the other Themes & Variations materials in Teaching Collection on Floor 2.  Just ask for recommendations about where to start your music lesson planning or for assistance finding the logon information.

How to Integrate Music into Your Classroom

Miller, D. Happy Reading! The DVD is in our Teacher Resource Room at LB 1525.7 .H37 2002 DVD

Educational Leadership. (Dec2018/Jan/2019). Focus issue on arts education.

Upitis, R. (2011). Engaging Students Through the Arts. What Works? Research into Practice. Student Achievement Division, Ontario Ministry of Education.

Upitis, R. (2014). Cultivating Student Engagement Through Interactive Art Strategies. What Works? Research into Practice. Student Achievement Division, Ontario Ministry of Education.

Companion Site for This Too is Music!