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Music Plans


Image shows the Tennessee quarter.

The Tennessee quarter features a guitar, trumpet, and fiddle, symbolic of Tennessee's three musical styles.


Image shows the District of Columbia quarter.

The District of Columbia quarter features Duke Ellington at the piano.


Bicentennial quarter reverse.

The Declaration of Independence Bicentennial quarter shows a colonial drummer playing a drum.


Fort McHenry quarter reverse.

The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter shows fireworks over the fort and the star-spangled banner.

Music in Our Schools

March is "Music in Our Schools Month."  Music is important in providing a well-rounded education for all students.  So break out your pianos, guitars, and percussion instruments!  In the spirit of keeping music in our schools, here are some lesson plans that use music to help you teach core curricula.


Grades K and 1

Notes. "Sing a Song of Coinage"

Based on the Tennessee quarter:  Language Arts, Music, Mathematics, Science

Students will closely examine a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.  They will list words that describe each coin and will use their observations to create a song about coins.

Notes. "Musician Extraordinaire"

Based on the District of Columbia quarter:  Music, Language Arts, Social Studies

Students will understand the roles of musician, composer, and conductor.


Notes. "Let the Music Play"

Based on the Independence Bicentennial quarter:  Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

Students will identify George Washington as the first President of the United States.  Students will understand what a symbol is and will recognize symbols of America.  Students will learn and sing a period song such as "Yankee Doodle."


Grades 2 and 3

Notes. "Musical Change"

Based on the Tennessee quarter:  Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Science

Students will carefully make and record observations about different coin denominations.  They will use their observations to work in groups and create a song about coins.


Grades 4 through 6

Notes. "Music to My Ears"

Based on the District of Columbia quarter:  Music, Art, Social Studies, Language Arts

Students will identify different music genres.  Students will identify qualities, histories, and persons associated with different musical genres.

Notes. "Sing for Your State"

Based on the Tennessee quarter:  Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Science

Students will make and record careful observations about a state quarter.  They will use their observations to develop songs about a coin.


Notes. "Oh Say, What a Big Flag"

Based on the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter:  Math, Music, Social Studies

Starting with the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter, students will understand and demonstrate measurement skills.  Students will analyze the national anthem.



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