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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)
  • 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 (CBC), Campus (NFB), On-Core, Learn360 and more

Why Integrate Music into Your Classroom?

people for education arts 2018People for Education. Arts Education, 2018. 

People for Education. Annual Report, 2018.   See pages 30-37.

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

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

Upitis, R. (2011). Engaging Students Through the Arts. What Works? Research into Practice.

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

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