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Additional Music & Song Themed Resources


​Smithsonian Folkways’ Network of Music Educators (all ages)

Tiny Tapping Toes: Music in Nature Ideas (Toddlers)

Prodigies Music: Rainy Day Activities (Elementary)

Classical MPR: Classical Kids Music Lessons: Nature Walk (K-5)

NC State University - Bio Music (Elementary)

​Scholastic: Outdoor Activities: Move & Make Music

​The National Center for Quality Afterschool-Music: Music in Nature (K-12)

​Teaching Ideas: Musical Elements (list of lesson plans for variety of ages)

​MN Dept of Natural Resources: Art & music using the environment

Sustainable Learning: Investigate the sounds of the wild... (Grades 3-6)

Wild Music (all ages)

The Domestic Musician: Music and Science Integration Ideas for Kids

Prairie Public Education: Music & Sound (Grade 4)

Bio Music with Birds


Lazlo Learns Recorder, by Vicky Weber  (Author), Masha Klot (Illustrator)

Music Is, by Brandon Stosuy  (Author), Amy Martin (Illustrator)

Because, by Mo Willems (PreK-K)

Singing in the Rain, by Tim Hopgood (Illustrator)

Your Name is a Song, by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (PreK-3) 

The Listening Walk, by Paul Showers  (Author), Aliki (Illustrator) (PreK-3)

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln, by Margarita Engle  (Author), Rafael López  (Illustrator) (PreK-3)

Max Found Two Sticks, by Brian Pinkney (Author, Illustrator)

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music, by Margarita Engle (Author), Rafael López  (Illustrator) (PreK-3)

Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido D'Arezzo, by Susan Roth (Author)

Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, by Monica Brown  (Author), Rafael Lopez (Illustrator) 

Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year, by Nosy Crow (Author), Fiona Waters (Editor), Frann Preston-Gannon (Illustrator) (K-12)

The Song Garden, by Vicky Weber  (Author), Zoe Mellors (Illustrator) (Elementary)

Rhythm Rescue, by Vicky Weber  (Author), Geneviève Viel-Taschereau  (Illustrator) (Elementary)
Music is for Everyone, by Jill Barber (Author), Sydney Smith (Illustrator) (Grades 1-4)

M is for Melody: A Music Alphabet, by Kathy-jo Wargin (Author), Katherine Larson (Illustrator) (Grades 1-6)

A Mouse Called Wolf, by Dick King-Smith (Author) (ages 7-10)

Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, by Susan Hood  (Author), Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator) (Grades 2-5)

The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, by Suzanne Slade  (Author), Stacy Innerst  (Illustrator) (Grades 1-4)

Forest Has a Song: Poems, by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater  (Author), Robbin Gourley (Illustrator)

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop, by Laban Carrick Hill  (Author), Theodore Taylor III  (Illustrator) (Grades 3-4)

The Great American Mousical, by Julie Andrews Edwards (Author), Emma Walton Hamilton  (Author), Tony Walton (Illustrator) (Grades 3-5)

Learn to Speak Music: A Guide to Creating, Performing, and Promoting Your Songs, by John Crossingham  (Author), Jeff Kulak (Illustrator) (Grades 3+)

Blackbird Fly, by Erin Entrada Kelly  (Author), Betsy Peterschmidt (Illustrator)

Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle  (Author) (Middle School)

Audition & Subtraction, by Amy Fellner Dominy  (Author) (High School)

Dream Bender, by Ronald Kidd (Middle - High School)

Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan  (Author), Pam Muñoz Ryan (Author) (Middle to High School


Song of the Sea (Film)

Sing (Film)

Blue Planet (Documentary)

Microcosmos (Documentary)

Royalty Free Wildlife & Nature Music

Sing as We Go

The School of Rock (PG-13 Film)

Mr. Holland's Opus (PG-13 Film)

Shine (PG-13 Film)


Magic Music Wand

Solid Drum


Wooden Frog Percussion Instruments

Wooden Egg Shakers




Thumb Piano


Acoustic Guitar

Weighted Keyboard/Piano