Music/Opera/Musical Theatre

Useful Websites for Lesson Plans, Organizations, and more

  • Beth’s Music Notes Plus
    • This website includes grade-level and music concept indexes with printable song sheets and lessons.
  • Jeri’s YOUkulele Notes
    • Dixie State University BTSALP Endowed Chair for Arts Learning, Jeri Crosby, has created a website centered around ukulele and making it accessible to teachers and students.  This website features 1, 2, and 3 chord songs as well as songs in different keys.
    • The Kodály Center offers resources for teachers, conductors, parents, and others interested in the musical development of children.  This website contains sheet music, recordings, song analysis, and game ideas!
  • Musical Magic
    • Jeri Crosby, Dixie State University BTSALP Endowed Chair for Arts Learning, created this website with classroom management ideas, boomwhacker and bell lessons, teaching ideas and materials, and music integration and advocacy ideas.
  • Music Songbook/Catalog – USBE
    • This catalog consists of almost 100 folk songs with written music, lesson plans/activity ideas for core skills (singing, playing, listening, and creating), and provides mp3 tracks for students to sing along to (with and without vocals).
  • Spotify Playlists
    • Jeri Crosby has created a variety of genre and grade-level playlists in Spotify, which can be played from your computer or laptop free of charge. (You may follow, copy and paste, create and save playlists on Spotify.)
    • Short & Classy Classics 

 

  • Art Works for Kids – Lesson Plan Tool
    • Search their library for arts integrated lesson plans in visual arts, dance, theater, music, media art, and literary art.
  • Brigham Young University (BYU) ARTS Partnership in the David O. McKay School of Education
    • Lesson Plans – This website offers a variety of lesson plans for K-6 classroom teachers and art specialists.
    • Basic Classroom Management Overview PD Video – In this series, Kim Babka, Educational Consultant, shares her suggestions and strategies for classroom management. As you try her suggested strategies in your classroom, some will work for you and others will need to be adapted to suit your style and personality.
    • Getting Started as a BTSALP Specialist PD Video– Experienced specialists in each art form share their best tips and strategies for success in their classroom including setting up your classroom and planning your year.
  • Elementary Arts Integration
    • This website is designed to empower teachers and parents to actively engage children for learning in and through the arts. Arts integration ideas and suggestions are divided in the menu according to four arts: musicdancevisual art, and dramaArticles explore concepts about what arts integration is and what high quality arts integration looks like. The blog includes less formal reflections about teaching and learning through the arts.  
  • PNC Grow Up Great®
    • PNC Grow Up Great® helps children from birth through age five develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime – and can help set them on a path to success.  PNC Grow Up Great® grant partners developed these free, printable, theme-based lessons in science and the arts to help add a spark of excitement to your classroom. They are designed to be used flexibly with existing curricula. We understand the importance of high quality. You can feel confident knowing that these resources were developed by highly regarded organizations and early childhood educators.
    • Lesson plans by preschool theme.
    • Sesame Street® Learning Resources – Developed in partnership with Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street®, these free bilingual resources help parents, caregivers and educators turn everyday moments into learning opportunities for young children.
  • The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
  • TED-Ed Lessons and Clubs
    • TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can then distribute TED-Ed lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. This platform is also the home to TED-Ed Clubs – an exciting new program that aims to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world.

 

Professional Development Organizations and Programs for Schools

  • American Orff-Schulwerk Association 
    • The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization of educators dedicated to the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.
  • Art Access
    • Art Access is a community-focused organization that strives to demonstrate that the arts are a universal vehicle for drawing out our similarities, celebrating our differences, and ultimately connecting us to each other. Through our philosophy of inclusion, we serve a diverse population of adults and children with and without disabilities, as well as the elderly, youth-at-risk, refugees, the homeless, veterans, and other disenfranchised peoples. Art Access offers a diverse collection of mission-driven programs, including gallery exhibitionsworkshopsartist residencies, literary arts activities, a mentorship program, and community outreach. We are an affiliate of VSA, which is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through its Office of VSA & Accessibility. We are the only arts organization in Utah that focuses on serving individuals with disabilities. Art Access continues to play a significant role in helping to eliminate social barriers and create an inclusive world for everyone through art.
  • Intermuse Academy at BYU
    • InterMuse is an intensive two-week graduate summer course designed for musician-teachers who wish to become certified according to the Kodály vision of school, studio, home, and community music education. Kodály teaching concepts and techniques are used in 35 countries on five continents. We teach an ever-evolving, up-to-date, comprehensive, and musically sound curriculum. InterMuse is also the original source for American Kodály-related instrumental teaching.
  • Organization of American Kodaly Educators
    • Inspired by the vision of Zoltán Kodály, the mission of the Organization of American Kodály Educators is to support music education of the highest quality, promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making, and preserve the musical heritage of the people of the United States of America through education, artistic performance, advocacy and research.
  • Utah Chapter – American Orff Schulwerk Association
    • The Utah Chapter of the American Orff Schulwek Association holds several workshops throughout the school year for teachers and arts specialists.
    • Southern Utah Orff Schulwerk Association, SUOSA hosts three Saturday workshops throughout the year at Dixie State University for music, arts, and classroom teachers. P
  • Utah Fellowship of Local Kodaly Specialists (UFOLKS)
    • Utah Fellowship of Local Kodaly Specialists (UFOLKS) is an affiliate chapter of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE). The mission of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators is to enrich the quality of the people of the USA through music education by promoting the philosophy of Zoltan Kodaly.  As a chapter, our mission is to nurture the musical enjoyment and musical literacy of every child in the state of Utah.
  • Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • Opera by Children – Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre is very proud of our education outreach program Opera by Children, which has provided training for teachers and in-class mentoring for over 75,000 children to create their own operas in a classroom setting.  There is no cost to Utah teachers as their expenses are covered by generous state grants save a small fee for materials and their attendance at an Opera by Children training workshop, after which they are then eligible for participation in the full year-long program.
    • Utah Festival Academy Classes – Enhance your Utah Festival experience by attending the Academy Classes taught by industry professionals.  Classes include seminars on opera, musical theatre, directing, percussion, music history and more!
  • Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA) 
    • UMEA advocates for and increases the quality of music education through professional development, collaboration, and leadership opportunities.  UMEA produces All State and Honor music performance opportunities for students throughout the state of Utah as well as an annual Mid-Winter Conference.
  • UtahPresents
    • UtahPresents offers professional development in the arts for teachers, through our Kennedy Center Partners in Education program with Salt Lake City School District and U of U Youth Theatre.
    • Student Matinees – We welcome students from public, private, parochial and home schools to our matinees. To register, go to the website, click on the matinee title, then click on the registration button.  Study guides are provided for all matinee performances.  For more information, or to be added to the email list about student matinees, please contact Robin at robin.wilks-dunn (at) utah.edu.
  • Utah Opera
  • Utah Symphony
  • Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Education – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • The Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Education Department creates and oversees music outreach opportunities for audiences of all ages. For students and teachers, we offer both opera and symphony assembly programs, with associated in-depth extensions of the performances. We regularly present students as soloists and in choirs with the symphony, and we sponsor original opera projects with participating classes, projects that culminate in our annual Children’s Opera Showcase. We also offer teacher workshops and performance attendance opportunities with education extensions for teachers and students. For families, we offer a concert series engaging children. Click here for more information about our family series.
    • Musicians in the Classroom – With additional one-time funding through the Utah State Legislature’s Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools, the Utah Symphony is pleased to announce a project to send our musicians into secondary music classrooms in the 2015-16 school year.  Musician visits can include conducting your school ensemble in rehearsal, leading a sectional rehearsal, or sitting in with a section in rehearsal.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Beverly Hawkins at 801-869-9092.
    • Student & Under 30 Ticket Discounts
    • 5th Grade Performances
    • Open Rehearsals/Symphony for the Schools
    • Opera-tunities – Utah Opera invites students (grades 7-12), chaperones, and teachers to their final dress rehearsal performances. Performances are at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City and are $3 for students and $5 for teachers and chaperones.  Junior and senior high school students with their teachers are invited at a minimal charge to attend final dress rehearsals of main stage productions on the Thursday before Opening Night in Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre with events running from 7-10 p.m.  For tickets, call 801-522-6683.
    • Events for Individuals with Special Needs – Utah Symphony | Utah Opera offers an annual concert for children with special needs and their families. We present this concert because we know that many families cannot attend cultural events together because some special needs children may have difficulty keeping quitet in their seats. We feature the Utah Opera Resident Artists with the Utah Symphony on the Capitol Theater Stage this special concert.
    • Masterclasses – Utah Symphony | Utah Opera hosts masterclasses with visiting guest artists and Utah Symphony Musicians. The public is welcome to audit these classes.

 

National and Utah Professional Arts Organizations

  • Arts Education Partnership
    • Current and emerging information about arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels.
  • ArtsEdSearch
    • A collection and summarization of high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and their implications for educational policy and practice.
  • Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
    • Information on the program that Weber State University and school districts work with to provide arts integrated instruction to elementary students around the state of Utah.
  • Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy
    • A method organizing thinking skills into six levels, from the most basic to the more complex levels of thinking.
  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
    • Provides advocacy information, resources to educators and parents, professional development events, and a variety of opportunities for music students and teachers.
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council
    • The mission of the Arts Council is to promote, present, and support artists, arts organizations, and arts activities in order to further the development of the arts community and to benefit the public by expanding awareness, access, and participation. The Salt Lake City Arts Council offers workshops to help artists manage their careers. Topics may include applying for exhibition or performance opportunities, developing written materials such as biographies or artist statements, managing budgets, or learning the legal terms and rights of working artists.
  • Utah Education Association (UEA)
    • For more than a century, the Utah Education Association has been dedicated to preserving and enhancing Utah public education. The UEA represents 18,000 active classroom teachers, retired educators, administrators, licensed educational support personnel and students in education programs at universities.  There typically is a UEA Convention & Education Exposition every year.
  • Utah Education Network (UEN)
    • UEN connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. UEN is one of the nation’s premier education networks.
  • Utah State Board of Education: Fine Arts
    • Links to the USBE Fine Arts Core Standards, information about professional development events, and contacts for fine arts organizations.