Lesson Plans

Free resources for the classroom

Please browse the following map to find world music curricular experiences from Smithsonian Folkways' Network of Music Educators. All lessons can be downloaded in PDF format.

Yes! I Wanna! Learn Music from Botswana!

Country: Botswana
Grades: 3-5; 6-8

Egypt: The Bedouin Culture

Country: Egypt
Grades: 6-8

Performing Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Grades: 6-8; 9-12

Experiences with Ghanaian Music for Middle School General Music Students

Country: Ghana
Grades: 6-8

West African Song and Chants: Children's Music from Ghana

Country: Ghana
Grades: 3-5; 6-8

Music of "The Seventh Continent"

Country: Madagascar
Grades: 9-12

Tooting the Horn of Africa: A "Cornucopia" of Music from Somalia

Country: Somalia
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

One Flute, Two Flute, Red Flute, Blue Flute: Nigerian-Style Flute Music

Country: Nigeria
Grades: 3-5; 6-8;

The Freedom Songs of South Africa and the Civil Rights Movement in America

Country: South Africa
Grades: 9-12

Mbiras, Marimbas, and You: Zimbabwean Music for the General Music Classroom

Country: Zimbabwe
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Afghan Rubâb: The Lion of Instruments

Country: Afghanistan
Grades: 6-8; 9-12

Celebrate Cambodia: Khmer Festival and Wedding Music

Country: Cambodia
Grades: 6-8

Discovering the east of China: Chinese music in Elementary School

Country: China
Grades: 3-5

Indian Music and the Sitar

Country: India
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Being Creative with Hindustani Vocal Music

Country: India
Grades: 9-12

Melodic Rhythms of India

Country: India
Grades: 6-8

Music in South India - Kerala

Country: India
Grades: 9-12

The Balinese Gamelan Orchestra Club

Country: Indonesia
Grades: 3-5

Vocal Elysia in Indonesia

Country: Indonesia
Grades: 6-8, 9-12, and tertiary

Israeli Song and Dance for Middle or High School Ensembles

Country: Israel
Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Persian Groove

Country: Iran
Grades: 9-12

A Day in the Life of a Kurdish Kid

Countries: Iran; Iraq; Syria; Turkey
Grades: K-2

Ooooh, the Oud

Countries: Iraq; Spain; Turkey
Grades: 3-5

An Introduction to Japanese Music: "Sakura Sakura"

Country: Japan
Grades: K-2

Soran Bushi: Exploring Japanese Work Song

Country: Japan
Grades: 3-6

Sakura Sakura and the Kumoijoshi Scale of Japan

Country: Japan
Grades: 3-5; 6-8

5,000-year-old Echoes of Humanity: Baalbek, Lebannon

Country: Lebanon
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

The Soul of Korean Arirang: Music from Korea in the Middle School Band

Country: Korea, South
Grades: 6-8

Ganggangsullae: Korean Dance Music of the Full Moon

Country: South Korea
Grades: 3-5; 6-8

An Introduction to the Music of Mongolia

Country: Mongolia
Grades: 9-12

Musical Hooves on the Steppes: The Morin Huur of Mongolia

Country: Mongolia
Grades: 3-5

An Exploratory Short Course in Tuvan Throat Singing

Country: Mongolia
Grades: 9-12

Thailand: Songs for Life

Country: Thailand
Grades: 6-8; 9-12

Let's Dance Like an Eagle: Zeybek Dance in Turkey

Country: Turkey
Grades: 9-12

Folk Music of Turkey: The Songs and Dances of Anatolia and the Black Sea

Country: Turkey
Grades: 6-8

Gateway Experiences in the Music of North India

Country: India (North)
Grades: 3-5

Experiences with Australian Aboriginal Music

Country: Australia
Grades: 3-12

Pacific Islander Songs, Sounds, and Signals: Musics of Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga

Countries: Fiji; Samoa; Tonga
Grades: 3-5

Paradise Found: Singing and Drumming of Western Samoa

Country: Samoa
Grades: 3-5

Let's Polka! The Polka, its function place in different cultures

Countries: Austria; Czech Republic; etc.
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; K-2

Austria: Land of Waltzes & Polkas

Country: Austria
Grades: 3-5

A Little Romani Music

Countries: Belarus; Russia; Yugoslavia (former)
Grades: K-2

From the Heart of England: Traditional English Songs for Children

Country: England
Grades: K-2

Eine Kleine Kindermusik: Children's Songs from Germany

Country: Germany
Grades: 3-5

Irish Music: Experiences in Dance, Singing, and Instrument Playing

Country: Ireland
Grades: 3-5

An Irish Tune for Strings

Country: Ireland
Grades: 9-12

An Introduction to Irish Music

Country: Ireland
Grades: 9-12

Irish Bodhran and the Celtic Classics: Singing, dancing and playing

Country: Ireland
Grades: 3-5; 6-8

From Tarantella to Tyrol: a Tour of Italian Folk Music

Country: Italy
Grades: 3-5; 6-8

Northern Lights: Journey North to Norway

Country: Norway
Grades: 5-7

From Russia with Love: Russian Folk Music on the Balalaika

Country: Russia
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Can You Kolo? Songs and Dances from Old Yugoslavia

Country: Serbia and Croatia
Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Beats, Rhythms, and Drums: Grooves of the World

Country: Bahamas, United States
Grades: K-2

Music from the Edge of Civilization: Inuit Music for the Classroom

Country: Canada
Grades: 6-8; 9-12

Allo, Monsieur! French Canadian Children's Songs

Country: Canada
Grades: K-2

Zydeco est Gumbo: And Introduction to Zydeco Music

Countries: Canada; Haiti; United States
Grades: 1-2

Modern Ritual and Contemporary Play

Countries: Canada; United States
Grades: 6-8; 9-12

Music of Cuba and the Caribbean

Country: Cuba
Grades: 3-5

Caribbean Beats and Blends

Countries: Cuba; Haiti; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis
Grades: 9-12

Music of Chorti Indians of Guatemala

Country: Guatemala
Grades: 5-6; 7-8

The Sound of an Island: Jamaican Music for the Classroom

Country: Jamaica
Grades: 3-5

Son Jarocho from Veracruz: Exploration of Music and Dance Forms

Country: Mexico
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

The Fandango in Son Jarocho: The Community Tradition and Improvisation of Son

Country: Mexico
Grades: 3-5; 6-8

Mariachi: Music from the Heart of Mexico

Countries: Mexico; United States
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Chips and Salsa: A Taste of Mariachi Music for the High School Orchestra

Country: Mexico
Grades: 9-12

Plena, the People's Newspaper: Puerto Rican Music for the Classroom

Country: Puerto Rico
Grades: 9-12

Bomba

Country: Puerto Rico
Grades: 3-5, 6-8

El Coquí

Country: Puerto Rico
Grades: 2-5

Jíbaro

Country: Puerto Rico
Grades: 3-5, 6-8

Playing Pennsylvania Dutch

Country: United States
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; K-2

Protest Songs: A Musical Introduction

Country: United States
Grades: 6-8

Bluegrass Music: A Toe-Tapping Exploration of an American Art Form

Country: United States
Grades: 3-5

The Vocal Blues: Created in the Deep South of the U.S.

Country: United States
Grades: 6-8; 9-12

African American Music: Let's Sing and Play Clapping Games

Country: United States
Grades: K-2

Conjunto Music from South Texas

Country: United States
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

American Indian Music: Navajo Culture

Country: United States
Grades: 6-8

Belly Dance, USA: Music, Movement, and Arab-American Communities

Country: United States
Grades: 6-8; 9-12

“I've Got a Friend in Chicago”

Country: United States
Grades: k-2

Shape Note Singing Lesson

Country: United States
Grades: 3-8

Moccasin Madness! Navajo and Apache Moccasin Game Songs

Country: United States
Grades: 3-5

The Blues — a Gateway into Improvisation

Country: United States
Grades: 6-8

Oh, John the Rabbit: From Story to Song

Country: United States
Grades: 2-6

Singing for Justice: Following the Musical Journey of “This Little Light of Mine”

Country: United States
Grades: 4-8

An Island Soundscape: Musics of Hawai'i, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea

Country: United States
Grades: 6-8

Trail of Tears: Music of the American Indian Diaspora

Country: United States
Grades: 5-8

A New Day for Old Time Music from the South

Country: United States
Grades: 6-8

Songs, Sounds and Stories from the Georgia Sea Islands

Country: United States
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; K-2

Having Our Say: The Music of the Mardi Gras Indians

Country: United States
Grades: Tertiary

The Power of Pete Seeger's Songs and Stories

Country: United States, South Africa, India
Grades: K-2

The Underground Railroad: A Musical Journey to Follow the Drinking Gourd

Country: United States
Grades: 6-8

Josh Thomas' Roustabout: Exploring Composition Using Limited Tones

Country: United States
Grades: 4-8

Get Moving With Ella Jenkins

Country: United States
Grades: Pre K – K

Blending African and Irish Sensibilities in Virginia's Music

Country: United States, Nigeria, Ireland
Grades: 3-5, 6-8

Animals in Song - Elizabeth Mitchell: Animal Songs for Children

Country: United States
Grades: Pre-K, K-2

Singing In the Harvest: Music from the Zuni

Country: United States
Grades: 3-5

Dance Traditions of Argentina

Country: Argentina
Grades: 6-8

Capoeira: Martial Arts Meets Music

Country: Brazil
Grades: 6-8

Ritmo Embolada: An Introduction of Brazilian Rhythm

Country: Brazil
Grades: K-2

Dança!: Movement and Music of Brazil

Country: Brazil
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; K-2

Bonkers for Bailecitos in Bolivia

Country: Bolivia
Grades: 6-8, 9-12

On the Plains of Orinoco: Joropo Music in Colombia

Country: Colombia
Grades: 6-8; 9-12

Musical Gumbo: A Whole Lotta Creole, Cajun and Zydeco Goin' On

Country: French Guiana, Suriname, United States
Grades: 3-5, 6-8

Colorful Genres in Harp music from Paraguay

Country: Paraguay
Grades: 3-5

Aymara and Machu Picchu

Country: Peru
Grades: 6-8; 9-12

Music from Saramaka: Maroon Life

Country: Suriname
Grades: 4-5; 6-8; 9-12

Celebrating Trinidadian Steelband Music!

Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Grades: 6-8; 9-12

Catch the Calypso beat and put it on your feet!

Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Grades: 9-12

Steel band Style, Calypso Culture and Childhood Chants

Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Grades: 3-5; 9-12

The Complete Evolution of Trinidadian Pan Music... Abridged.

Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Grades: 9-12

The Jew's Harp: Vibrating Through Many Cultures

Country: United States, Ireland, Tuva, Papua New Guinea
Grades: 3-5; 5-6

Nobel Voices for Disarmament: 1901-2001

Countries:
Grades: 7-12

The Look of the Listen

Country: United States
Grades: K-3