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Music Freebies I Love!

Everyone loves getting something for free!  Me too.  Now, I must admit that I spend a hefty amount of pocket change on Teachers Pay Teachers buying resources that other music educators have created so I am delighted with the occasional freebie that I find too.  Here's a list of some of my favorites.


Rap It, Clap It, Music Match It - by The Bulletin Board Lady
This is one of my favorite freebies!  I've used this with 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.  My 3rd graders did it as part of a workstation rotation as it didn't take them as long to complete the activity.  This freebie has students match the syllables of themed words with simple rhythms.  This is a jungle themed one, but there are many more to choose from.

Engine, Engine Number 9 - by Lindsay Jervis
So, I teach this song most years to my 1st graders, but this year it was even better with this freebie!  Lindsay has done the work that I was too lazy to do myself.  A cute and clever freebie for learning this song.

Where's Freddy's Pad?  (8th notes)  by Linda McPherson
This is so stinking cute!  I've used this with 1st and 2nd grades with great success.  In this interactive PowerPoint, students listen to a rhythm played by Freddy the Frog.  Then, they click on the lily pad that has the rhythm they heard.  The sound effects are so fun!  Check this one out for sure.

Rhythm Wristbands by Amy Abbott
Amy is SO clever.  Not too long ago she released several wristband products that are fun, practical and just plain genius!  Try these Wristbands for Rhythm Practice for free and then check out her other sets.

Imperial March Listening Lesson by Aileen Miracle
Aileen has many amazing freebies, but this little sample has been really useful to me for the last couple of weeks.  I've been teaching my kiddos about the music of John Williams.  The older groups enjoyed seeing the rhythmic notation for the theme and wanted to go and pluck it out on the xylophones.  Fun!

Note Duration Chart by Sara Bibee
I love everything that Sara makes!  I've found that I use this little chart for many activities in my classroom.  For struggling students this gives them the help that they need. For me it saves LOTS of kids at my desk asking questions. :-)

Zoom to the Moon (sol mi) Melody Game by Totally Tuned in Teacher
Tina has done a great job putting together a singing game that is perfect for assessment.  I love the graphics in this because it seems that it would be something that appeals to boys and girls equally.
The Adventures of Sophie Solfege -Lines and Spaces by i heart teaching music
I haven't used this yet, but only because this is something I focus on at the beginning of the year.  I am planning to add it for next year.  Angie suggests that you use bingo chips to follow along, but I think I might use the big stash of bottle caps that I use for Bottle Cap Staff activities.

Student Tracking Sheets for Workstations by The Bulletin Board Lady
I have several different ways to track students when they are working in centers.  Here are a few of the sheets that I use.

Symbol Safari Worksheets by Melody Payne
I came across this fabulous little set of worksheets while looking for something else and knew immediately that they would make a perfect addition to my workstations for 6th grade.  They come in a full color version which would be perfect for using in a private studio.
Beginning Ukulele Songs (1 and 2 Chords) by Malinda Phillips
Okay...I must admit.  I'm a string instrument impaired.  I dropped out of Class Guitar.  Twice.  I bought a ukulele one year during a snow apocalypse and gave up again.  BUT...this freebie is fabulous for people like me.  Why?  Well...if a song has 1 or 2 chords you can play it with Boomwhakers or xylophones or Autoharps!  HURRAY!  Adding these to a workstation with Boomwhackers, xylophones or autoharps is instant magic.
Tiptoe, Walk and Jump-Mini Composition by Brittany DeLaruelle
I used this little gem in a workstation with third graders.  Brittany suggests that this is useful for younger grades, by it worked well in a workstation.  I also instructed students to turn the page over and write out the notation.  Tiptoe=barred eighths and so on.
American Composers Coloring Sheets by Cori Bloom
I just love Cori's style.  So cute!  These worksheets are wonderful additions to workstation rotations for practically any elementary grade.

Favorite Folk Songs  Alabama Gal by David Row
I love these SO much!  I have a couple of sets of these and my 4th graders really like them too.  They like learning about the piece and seeing the notation and I love that when I introduce a non-David Row song that they ask if I have a PowerPoint with "all of that history stuff" on it.  *giggle*  David has many quality freebies in his store and you should check them out, but start with this gem.  He market them as bulletin boards (which I am sure are lovely) but I use them as instructional tool.  You might like Looby Loo.  (A freebie as well!)

My Musical Summer Foldable Booklet by Sara Bibee
This is a great whole group activity, but it also works a part of a workstation rotation. It asks students to reflect on their musical summer.  Great for back to school time!

Peter and the Wolf Vocal Explorations by The Bulletin Board Lady
My K-4 kids love these vocal exploration sets during workstation rotations.  I usually set them on a music stand and leave 4 or 5 different pointers for them to choose from.  I have toys, pointers from the teacher store, flyswatters, magic wands, light sabers and more that we can use as pointers.

Want to check out even more freebies?  Check out this blog linky party.  Music bloggers are listing their favorites.  Thank you to Jen from Noteworthy by Jen for hosting!


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  1. I'm so glad I'm in the same uke boat as you Tracy (if I read that description above correctly). There were many great freebies that will be a wonderful resource in the days ahead.

    1. I tried! I swear, but I guess I am just not a string challenge. :-)

  2. So many great resources listed here!! Thanks for joining the linky party :)

  3. What a great list Tracy!! I can't wait to use them with my students!

  4. What a wonderful list Tracy! I can't wait to use them with my students.

  5. Hi Tracy,

    Thanks so much for mentioning my Tiptoe, Walk, Jump freebie! I love how you gave a way to use this same thing with your older elementary students. Such a cool idea!

    Just so you know, right now the link for my file is actually linked to Aileen's freebie.

    Here is the link to that freebie:

    Thanks again!

    1. DOH! So sorry! I've fixed it. I was a copy and paste maniac! :-)

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  7. This is the great whole group activity, but it also works an element of a workstation rotation. It asks students to decide on their musical summer. Great for time for school time!

  8. Thank you so much for these. I used Zoom To The Moon just today as a "review" (and also to catch up the new kids that just moved into the district) and was ECSTATIC when the kids not only remembered, but were becoming extra competitive--more than they were last year. I'm also really excited to try out your caterpillar rhythms! I'll be sure to post about how they go: musicwithmini.blogspot.com