Here are a bunch of resources for general music classes, many of which I created as a student teacher (i.e. a while ago). I've ported them over here in case they are still useful for anyone.
Exploring Round & Canons
Some examples and worksheets which should help to guide students through the process of understanding rounds and being able to write their own.
Writing the Blues
A worksheet focused on writing Blues lyrics (AAB structure). A way to explore the genre if you don't have instruments or other possibilities.
Mix n' Match Tenor Sax
A unit on Arrangement in two parts, using Apple's GarageBand and the Internet
The Music of Wild Birds
A cross-curricular unit on birdsong that focuses on melody structure, improvisation, and sound recording.
This Lesson was featured in the publication Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom!
Starlight Starbright - Compose your own melody
Use this simple seasonal tune as an introduction to pentatonic improvisation and composition.
A fun way for younger grades to explore Opera music - create a fun and silly Opera argument!
Man in the Moon
An Orff-Schulwerk arrangement of the nursery rhyme in Sibelius Scorch format.
View the arrangement here (you'll need the Scorch plugin) or download a PDF version below.
Skin and Bones
View the arrangement here (you'll need the Scorch plugin) or see the static image below. There's also a Powerpoint file with lyrics and spooky pictures.
Three Little Birds
This is a great song to perform with a wide range of grade levels. It has a simple structure and really appeals to kids. I suggest playing the original version while showing the Powerpoint slideshow - it gives a better idea of the Reggae feel than the MIDI file.
Delivery Man Blues
Four differentiated worksheets of a 12-bar Blues for piano/keyboard taken from a recording by Jim Talbot, Austin TX
I Got Rhythm
A visual approach to teaching rhythms, syncopation, and notation of rhythms.
A full scheme of work on Rap music with Lesson Plans, Handouts, and Assessment information.
Doing The Jump
A song for Year 7 based on the 12-bar blues structure. Backing tracks are provided in General MIDI format with MP3, Powerpoint, and Sibelius files.
A single page worksheet with pictures and information about Samba percussion instruments.
A scheme of work for Year 7 or 8 involving listening (recommended - Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens), composition, and graphic scores.
Journey Into Space
A single page project exploring soundscapes and space music.