Digital Music Learning

Music Basics Review for Parents:  Hi Parents!  If you need a quick review of note reading, check out Khan Academy.  They have several mini-lessons and videos you can explore with your child.

Link provided by Director of Elementary Music for District Six, Vicki Bishop, Music Teacher at Anderson Mill Elementary


All Elementary Schools in our District subscribe to Quaver Online Music Curriculum, special thanks to Dr. Sharon Doyle, Music Teacher at Woodland Heights Elementary, for writing the steps below to access the student interactive games and exercises.


1. We use Quaver Music in our curriculum here at school and it has an at-home component for all ages.  Everyone has access if you have a cell phone to the website.


  • Go to:  Google and type in
  • You will get a screen that looks like this in the upper right hand corner:

  • Select Student Interactives (The yellow box)
  • You will get a screen like this:

  • Enter:  AGK77
  • Kindergarten: Select from Music Theory and Playing Instruments
  • First Grade:  Select from Music Theory and Movement
  • Second Grade: Select from Music Theory and Instruments
  • Third Grade:  Select from Music Theory and Instruments
  • Fourth Grade: Select from Music Theory, Creation, and Instruments
  • Fifth Grades:  Select from Music Theory and the QuaverBooks


  • Explore the other areas on your own.
  • Visions – The recorder section will keep you working on your recorder with new exercises.
  • If there is a concern contact:
  • Between 7:30 and 2:30 daily
2. Listening Activity, shared by Woodland Heights Music Teacher Dr. Sharon Doyle
All you need:
A balloon (not inflated) or scarf or a small ball
Here is a link to some Native American Flute music – it is calming and relaxing and has no words or lyrics to distract.
While the music is playing:
Give everyone the signal for no talking
Gesture for all to sit quietly with a reasonable distance between you
If using the balloon, slowly blow up the balloon and tie it off as the children are watching.
Gently and still very quietly, pass the balloon, ball, or scarf to one another.
Allow the balloon to travel from person to person or back and forth to one another.
Once you have done this and the balloon has returned to you, gesture for all to take a deep breath and simply sit and listen. You can repeat the activity multiple times.
See if you can be successful in a 30 second, 60 second, 90 second round of silent play/listening. You will be amazed at the newly relaxed feeling you all will have and the appreciation of even a few moment of peace and quiet in your home.

Music Websites for Kids from Ms. Kelly Moore, Fairforest Elementary Music Teacher

These are free websites that connect kids with educational music games, note reading, rhythm reading, learning about instruments, getting to know composers, and creating music.

classics for kids



pbs kids


NY Philharmonic Kidzone



Dallas Symphony Orchestra


Mrs. Sutton’s (West View's Music Teacher's) Fun Ways to Enjoy Music at Home                   



Sound forest

Garage band

Voice record pro

Tap Tap Beats Music Game

Kidloland Kids ABC Games Songs

123 Kids Fun MUSIC Free Top Music Games for Kids


Provided by Alison Meyer, Facebook Music Educators Creating Online Learning, shared by Fairforest Elementary Music Teacher Kelly Moore
Music Scavenger Hunt for Grades K-2
There’s music all around us! Look around your home to see what you can find to demonstrate our music concepts. Be sure to ask an adult before playing any of your new instruments. E-mail your music teacher a list or a picture of what you find!
Find something that…
1. Makes a HIGH sound
2. Makes a LOW sound
3. Makes LOUD sounds
4. Makes SOFT sounds
5. Moves FAST
6. Moves SLOW
7. You can SHAKE to make a sound
8. You can SCRAPE or RUB to make a sound
9. You can tap that is made out of METAL
10. You can tap that is made out of WOOD
BONUS: Make up a song using a ‘found instrument’ from your house.

Connecting English/Language Arts to Music: Read Aloud Activity with the book Because  by Mo Willems, shared by Kelly Moore, Music Teacher, Fairforest Elementary


After listening to the story and learning about how Mr. Willems came to create the story, make a list of at least 5 events or people that helped the girl in the story to find her love of music. Write about how music changed the girl.


Interview a family member (or write about your own skill/talent) and ask them, "What is one thing you are good at?", "How did you discover your talent/skill?", "How did you get better at your skill?"


The story behind the story of Because  by Mo Willems


Read aloud of "Because"

  1. Listen to different styles of music (for example:  country, hip hop, rock and roll) and move expressively to each style.
  2. Play patterns of long and short sounds on pots, pans, or blow into empty paper towel rolls.  Perform for your family.
  3. Write a rhythm that has four or eight beats and practice reading it.
  4. Practice singing your favorite song as a family, and create movements to go along with the lyrics.
  5. Record the video of one of these activities in steps 1-4 on your phone, and email it to your child's music teacher!!!
  6. Parents, talk to your child about why you chose specific songs for your playlists on your phones.  Talk to them about why you like certain performers and their songs.