Are you looking for the classics taught with ACTIVE music-making?
This resource with lots of movement teaches students to play and sing (new Spring lyrics) the main theme to Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto with Orff barred instrument ostinati, AND a recreation of the thunderstorm using instruments.
Find Halloween music activities that engage and delight with movement, Orff arrangements, minor scales, improvisation, and more!
Ghost of Tom
The Orff arrangement for this Halloween classic, Have You Seen the Ghost of Tom? (aka Ghost of John) is simple enough to be learned quickly to give plenty of time to learn movement to go with the round that can be sung in 2 or 4 parts.
With its quarter, eighth, and half-note patterns pitched in delightful D minor, kids will love the spooky mood it sets.
The Halloween Canon
Rewriting lyrics can be so rewarding and engaging for our students.
I took The Fruit Canon, arranged by choir teacher Kole Butler (Instagram and TikTok), and changed the fruit to Halloween words. With the little sound effects, I think your kids will LOVE it.
Group project-Have students get in groups of 6 and pick words that fit a NEW theme then perform their new song in canon. YES!
Fun, collaborative, assessable, and engaging!
Click on the notation image to make a copy.
Miss White Had a Fright
Halloween music activities that use poems are perfect resources for exploring, creating, and improvising. First, experience the poem through beat and rhythm.
Then, explore the poem by learning a melody on barred instruments, improvising on recorders, and/or creating a melody using Boomwhackers. Examine what you’ve learned by identifying the rhythms of the poem. In both PowerPoint and Google Slides versions.
This multi-lesson resource for the classic Halloween song, “There Was An Old Woman All Skin and Bones” will guide you as you take your younger students (PreK, K, 1, 2) from singing to movement to playing instruments.
The simple Orff arrangement in 6/8 uses steady beat ostinati, a bordun, and the refrain on mi, re, do, la which is great for learning about melodic direction. A song video sets the mood for this D minor delight about the big surprise behind the door. Boo!
In both PowerPoint and Google Slides versions, this 25-slide presentation includes mp3s of the song arrangement with a Kodaly process, Orff approach, and movement, game, and a melodic assessment.