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Why You’ll Love the “American Music for Elementary” Online Course

Not sure what to teach your elementary students for music class? I have done all the research for you in this great new online course from Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool! It’s called American Music for Elementary, and both you and your kids will LOVE it!

What do the following have in common?

  • The March King
  • Father of American Music Education
  • Father of Stride
  • The Father of the Blues

They are all American composers and are featured in American Music for Elementary online course!

Who wrote these songs and musical compositions?

  • “Oh, Susanna”
  • Rhapsody in Blues
  • “In the Mood”
  • “Maple Leaf Rag”
  • “White Christmas”
  • “This Land is Your Land”
  • “Take Five”

What else will you learn?

You’ll learn who

  • put the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to music.
  • borrowed tunes from other composers and from folk music and placed them in his compositions.
  • made up a new style of singing when he dropped his lyric sheet while recording!
  • is considered to be the most important person in the development of jazz.
  • wrote a new musical style called “folk opera.”
  • wrote a song that was featured in the movie Wall-E.
  • was rock and roll’s first superstar.
  • worked as a child in New York City delivering newspapers and who over 100 years later wrote a musical about those kids called Newsies.
  • who has conducted Virtual Choirs from members all over the world.
  • wrote the movie music for over 150 films.
  • experimented with chance music, tape loops as music, and changing the sound of a piano.
  • wrote the music for Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled.
  • is writing the music for the new live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie.

You’ll learn what

  • became the first piece of sheet music to sell over one million copies.
  • musical style started having some new instruments showing up in the popular music—organ and harmonica
  • was often played on riverboats as the entertainment.
  • song was one of the first phonograph records ever made and sold over 2 million copies.
  • opera was inspired by a painting, was composed specifically for television, and was televised live in 1951.
  • musical style contains features like a walking bass, choreography of the musicians, solo improvisation, and call-and-response.
  • is the best-selling jazz single of all time.

Features of American Music for Elementary online course

  • 36 Lessons
  • Up to 30 minutes per lesson
  • Videos of the music to study is embedded in each less
  • No musical knowledge necessary for the teacher
  • Printables/notebooking pages included so students can create an American Music Notebook
  • Fun and engaging for elementary-aged students
  • Can also be adjusted for preschool or middle school students
  • Online quizzes included so you can evaluate learning
  • Over 30 composers
  • Over 15 differently uniquely American musical styles
  • From 1844 until today!

"American Music for Elementary" is a click-and-go, easy-to-use online course for elementary students. Use the course in your homeschool, homeschool co-op, school classroom, music classroom, and more! Engaging, includes videos, notebooking pages, online quizzes, and 36 lessons!

Who is American Music for Elementary online course for?

I wrote the American Music for Elementary online course specifically for kids in grades kindergarten through 6th grade. The lessons are short, and the videos engaging for this age group. I tried to include features of the composer’s childhoods, such as instruments they studied while kids, so that students of today could relate.

But, it will also be easy to simplify the lessons for preschool students, and middle school students will enjoy learning about these composers and musical styles as well.

Composers to Learn About

  • Stephen Foster
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk
  • Lowell Mason
  • William Mason
  • Henry T. Burleigh
  • Edward MacDowell
  • Amy Beach
  • Scott Joplin
  • John Philip Sousa
  • George Gershwin
  • Gian Carlo Menotti
  • Charles Ives
  • Aaron Copland
  • Ferde Grofé
  • Irving Berlin
  • Cole Porter
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • John Williams
  • John Cage
  • Philip Glass
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • Stephen Schwartz
  • Alan Menken
  • Pasek and Paul
  • Eric Whitacre
  • Elmer Bernstein
  • Steve Reich
  • Samuel Barber

Musical Styles to Learn About

  • Spirituals
  • Ragtime
  • Stride Piano
  • Marches
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Opera
  • Big Band
  • Orchestra/Symphony (Classical)
  • Musical Theater
  • Rock and Roll
  • Songs
  • Bebop Jazz
  • Folk Music
  • Cool Jazz
  • Film Music
  • Choral

Where to Teach American Music for Elementary online course?

This course is perfect to teach at home, in a homeschool co-op, in a school classroom, or in a music classroom! Music teachers of all types (choir, private piano, guitar, orchestra, etc.) can use this course in stations or for independent learning. It’s very versatile.

Please check the copyright, since one purchase is allowed for one homeschool family or one classroom of students. If you’d like to use at a homeschool co-op or for more classrooms, please contact Gena for a license. Thanks!


"American Music for Elementary" is a click-and-go, easy-to-use online course for elementary students. Use the course in your homeschool, homeschool co-op, school classroom, music classroom, and more! Engaging, includes videos, notebooking pages, online quizzes, and 36 lessons!

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