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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.

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 ... 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:

  • 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

Recommended Reading

Companion Site for This Too is Music!

companion site for Upitis This Too is Music

Why Integrate Music into Your Classroom?

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).

How to Integrate Music into Your Classroom

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.

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

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