Resources

Looking to Pass the Baton and empower your music students? Here are some resources to get you started!

Rhythm Activity e-Book

Transform a teacher-led rhythm assessment into a student-created activity book using this Rhythm Activity e-Book template.

Rhythm Activity e-Book Template

Learn more about this project here: Transform a Composition Project from Teacher-Led to Student-Led


Makerspace Challenge

Get students creating with this fun Makerspace activity! Challenge students to use what they know about musical instruments and sound to create their own instrument using household materials.

Makerspace Challenge


Snowball Fight Template

A snowball fight is a fun way for students to work together, brainstorm, and create in music class. While the snowball fight is the most fun using pencil and paper, it’s a versatile activity that will work digitally as well.

Snowball Fight Template


Dynamics Menu Template

Give students choice when learning new content by having them “order” tasks from a menu! This Dynamics Menu template allows students to choose how they interact with content, demonstrate mastery, and extend their learning.

Dynamics Menu Template


Student-Led Score Study

Empower the students in your ensembles with a student-led score study experience! Students can dive deep into their own parts or the conductor’s score to learn more about the music. Give students this ownership when learning a new piece of music.

Student-Let Score Study


Student Jobs: Badge Template

Adding student jobs is an easy way for them to take ownership in any music classroom! Use this template to create and print job “badges” for students to wear on a lanyard in class. The extra step of printing badges helps students have even more pride and ownership of these important roles!

Student Jobs: Badge Template


Exit Ticket: Self-Reflection

When students reflect on their work, they begin to take ownership of their learning. Students articulate their strengths and opportunities for growth, and then decide their next steps for learning. An exit ticket is a great tool for starting the reflection process while offering us valuable information as well.

Exit Ticket: Self-Reflection


Concert Song Introductions

A great way to give students ownership when preparing for a concert is to have them write the song introductions! Students can research the piece and add their own thoughts to share with the audience. Use this template to guide your students in creating their introductions.

Concert Song Introductions: Script Template


Informance Template

Empower your students to create an Informance for an authentic audience. Add additional slides and personalize the presentation with music and images from your classroom.

Informance Template


Social Media Sharing Form

Many music teachers have created social media accounts for their classrooms, using Twitter, Instagram, TicTok, and more. These accounts are a great way to share what happens in the classroom with families, the school, and the community. By using this Social Media Sharing Form, teachers can empower their students and have them create the content shared.

Social Media Sharing Form


Lesson Planner Template

Planning templates are great way to stay organized when preparing your weekly lessons. Use these templates together while planning so you can look for places to pass the baton and begin empowering your students!

Lesson Planner Templates

Interested in learning more about empowering the students in your music classroom? Check out Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students by Kathryn Finch and Theresa Hoover!

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