Inspired by research that establishes the benefits of using music in the teaching and learning of non-music subjects, this creative honors project provides sample lesson plans for music, math, and English teachers in grades K-8 that use musical activities to teach math and English concepts. Sample lesson plans are grouped by subject and grade levels, and underlying concepts of each plan are identified. Part One includes lesson plans that combine and draw connections between music and math concepts; Part Two includes lesson plans that combine and draw connections between music and English concepts. Within each part, plans are designed for grades K-5 or for grades 5-8. The goal of this project is to facilitate teaching and learning in order to engage learners; to develop their brains, interest, and investment in each subject through a more approachable medium; and to supplement the teacher’s existing lesson plans through efficient and effective exercises directly related to certain, non-music subject areas. The cross-curricular approach presented in this guidebook results in teaching that is more engaging, more memorable, and more holistic in its brain development.
Dr. Sherri Horner
First Advisor Department
Educational Foundations and Inquiry
Second Advisor Department
Music Performance Studies
Froehlich, Courtney, "The Benefits of Music: An Exploration of Music in Core-Curriculum Classrooms" (2014). Honors Projects. 95.