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Distance Learning Resources

Education Through Music Distance Learning Resources


At ETM, we believe that every child, at every school, deserves access to high-quality music education. For many students, classroom learning has moved into their homes, but we still believe music education should be a part of everyone's school day.

Please check out our distance learning resources, created by our team of incredible educators. We'll be updating it regularly with new great lessons and games. These activities can be done in almost any home and only require a few everyday household items, two hands for clapping, and a big smile.

Click on the purple text below to expand each topic and see all the available activities.

Homemade with ETM - Use everyday household items to make instruments at home!

 

Comb Kazoo

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Gallagher walks you through making your own kazoo! Perfect for students in grades 1-3.

 

Guiro

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Martinez and his daughter show us how to make the musical instrument the Guiro, using a water bottle, a pencil, and some paper. Fun for the whole family!

 

Egg Maracas

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Gallagher walks you through making your own maracas! Perfect for students in grades 1-3.

 

Tap Shoes

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Gallagher walks you through making your own tap shoes! All you need is some shoes, change, and tape! Perfect for students in grades 1-3.

 

Trash Bagpipes

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Gallagher walks you through making your own bagpipes! All you need is a recorder, a plastic bag, a straw, and some tape!

 

Box Guitar

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Gallagher walks you through making your own box guitar! Grab a box, scissors, and some rubber bands!

 

Water Xylophone

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Gallagher walks you through making your own water xylophone! All you need is some containers or glasses, water, and something to use as drum sticks! Perfect for students in grades 1-3.

 

At-Home Orchestra

ETM Music Teacher Jorge Quezada teaches us how to make an orchestra from home!

 

Box Guitar

ETM Music Teacher Jorge Quezada teaches us how to make a box guitar.

 

Castanets

ETM Music Teacher Jorge Quezada teaches us how to make castanets from home!

At-Home Lessons - These mini-lessons will teach you about music right at home!

 

The Cup Rhythm

ETM Music Teacher Kelly Gentry walks students through a music lesson they can do at home with their families or on their own. All they need is a plastic or paper cup! Perfect for students in grades 4-5.

 

Tempo

ETM Music Teacher David Martinez gives an at-home lesson on tempo.

 

Practicing Tempo

Grab some pencils and tap along to the beat with ETM Music Teacher David Martinez. Practice slow and fast tempos to the “Hungarian Dance.”

 

Half Notes

ETM Music Teacher David Martinez helps create a fun game to help learn about half notes. All you need is paper and crayons!

 

Mozart and Half Notes

ETM Music Teacher David Martinez gives a lesson on half notes using the music of Mozart.

 

Introduction to the Piano

ETM Music Teacher David Martinez introduces students to the piano.

 

Playing the Guiro

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Martinez uses his homemade guiro to teach students Cuban rhythms.

 

Timbre

ETM Assistant Program Director Stephanie Nantell walks students through timbre, the character or quality of a musical sound. Great for the beginner student in your life!

 

Breathing Exercises

ETM Music Teacher Paeivi Antturi takes us through some breathing exercises to help keep our voices in shape.

 

Consonant Warmup

ETM Music Teacher Paeivi Antturi takes us through some vocal exercises to help keep our voices in shape.

 

Solfa Ladder

ETM Music Teacher Paeivi Antturi takes us through the Solfa Ladder to keep our voices in shape.

 

Finding Instruments in Your House

ETM Music Teacher Jessica Santiago shows us what household items can be turned into musical instruments! After you find your instruments, sing-along to “All Around the Daffodils.”

 

Practicing the Recorder

Attention 2nd graders! ETM Music Teacher Hannah Friesen gives her tips on practicing your recorder at home. Walk through the steps of setting up your recorder and even play some notes!

 

Rhythmic Basketball Challenge

ETM Music Teacher David Martinez gets students outside by teaching about rhythm using a basketball!

 

#WaterGlassChallenge with EVEN

Our partners at EVEN are helping bring music education to you! Join Ilan Harel as he teaches us about sound and pitch using water glasses. Can you guess the song he’s playing?! He challenges you to create your own #WaterGlassChallenge! Create and share it with us!

 

Rhythm Dictation

Enjoy this animation with ETM Music Teacher Stephanie Rengifo. In this lesson, Ms. Rengifo teaches students a rhythm lesson using fun food terms to replicate the sounds of the beats!

 

Rhythm Workout

Follow along with ETM Music Teacher Brian Wright for this fun rhythm exercise. Can you name what song he is following along to?

 

Rhythm for Pre-K Students

In this lesson, Ms. Cornett-Mayes teaches students a rhythm lesson using movement, spoons, and your own body!

 

Steady Beat

ETM Music Teacher Paeivi Antturi teaches students about steady beat using her garden and bumblebees! Fun for kindergartners!

 

All About Mariachi

ETM Music Teacher Hannah Friesen teaches students all about Mariachi music! This exciting lesson is sure to get you out of your seats and dancing along!

 

Dynamics

Enjoy this animation with ETM Music Teacher Stephanie Rengifo. In this lesson, Ms. Rengifo teaches students about dynamics!

 

Half Notes

Mr. Martinez and his friends are back again teaching students all about half notes!

 

Kindergarten Music Class

ETM Music Teacher Sheryl Levine takes students inside her fun and vibrant virtual music classroom!

 

Dynamics! with Cords for Music

Special guest teacher Nicholas Coblence and some special guests give a lesson on dynamics!

 

Music Teacher Sheryl Levine

ETM Music Teacher Sheryl Levine takes students inside her fun and vibrant virtual music classroom!

 

Jazz Train

Education Through Music encourages students to create their own lyrics to one of Duke Ellington’s most famous hits, “Take the A Train.”

 

Anna Wray

ETM Music Teacher Anna Wray leads music class for students.

 

Paeivi Antturi

ETM Music Teacher Paeivi Antturi leads music class singing songs, reading stories, and practicing rhythms!

 

Mood Music

ETM Music Teacher Antoine Dolberry teaches students about storytelling through music.

 

Storytelling

ETM Music Teacher Antoine Dolberry teaches students about storytelling through music.

 

Brittany Harris

ETM Music Teacher Brittany Harris created an original song allowing students to use their imaginations through music.

 

Rhythm Drills

ETM Music Teacher Brian Wright takes us through rhythm drills, perfect for practicing learning our beats and notes!

 

Solfege

ETM Music Teacher Brian Wright teaches solfege, reviewing and going over some scales with students.

 

All About the Opera

From arias to resitivo, ETM Music Teacher Hannah Friesen teaches students all about the opera!

 

Dynamics

ETM Music Teacher Lorin Cohen teaches all about soft and loud sounds – aka – DYNAMICS!

 

Tuning Your Bass

ETM Music Teacher and musician Lorin Cohen talks viewers through how to properly tune your bass!

 

At-Home Musical

Looking for something fun and creative to do at home with your kids? Instructional Supervisor Beth Buehlman walks viewers through creating your own musical at home!

Storytime - Enjoy these musical stories read to you by ETM staff!

 

“The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants”

Fill your house with music during this ETM Storytime special, featuring ETM Instructional Supervisor Kevin Johnson reading “The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants” by Eric Litwin & Scott Magoon. Great for kids in grades P-3.

 

“Opera Cat”

Instructional Supervisor Beth Buehlman reads “Opera Cat” by Tess Weaver. A delightful story about Alma, the cat, and her owner, opera singer, Madame SoSo. A great read for kids of all ages.

 

“Max Found Two Sticks”

ETM Music Teacher Brian Wright reads “Max Found Two Sticks” by Brian Pinkney. The story follows Max as he discovers the job of making music. An excellent read for kids of all ages!

 

“Head to Toe”

Read along with ETM Assistant Program Director Stephanie Nantell to “Head to Toe” by Eric Carle. A great watch for parents and kids!

 

“Silly Sally”

Read along with ETM Music Teacher Paeivi Antturi to “Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood. A great watch for parents and kids!

 

“The Other Day I Met A Bear”

Read and sing-along with ETM Music Teacher Leawndra Oseghali to “The Other Day I Met a Bear” by Carey Morgan and Lee David. A great watch for parents and kids!

 

“The Carnival of the Animals”

ETM Music Teacher Brian Wright reads “The Carnival of the Animals” by Jack Prelutsky originally created by Camille Saint-Saens. An excellent read for kids of all ages!

 

“Harold Finds a Voice”

Read-along with ETM Music Teacher Sydney Hankins to “Harold Finds a Voice” by Courtney Dicmas. Use your voice as Harold discovers all the unique voices throughout the story!

 

“Every Little Thing”

Read-along with ETM Music Teacher Antoine Dolberry to “Every Little Thing,” based on the classic song “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley, adapted by Cedella Marley.

 

“Sing”

Sing-along to the story “Sing” by Joe Raposo as performed by The Carpenters with ETM partner school teachers Travis Washington and Jamie Longacre.

 

“My Aunt Came Back”

Read AND sing-along with ETM Music Teacher Hannah Friesen to “My Aunt Came Back,” adapted by John M. Feierabend.

 

“Let Freedom Sing”

Read and sing-along with ETM Music Teacher Antoine Dolberry to “Let Freedom Sing” by Vanessa Newton.

Virtual Classes - Join these full-length music classes for 30-minutes of music and learning!

 

Making Music with ETM’s Mr. Martinez: for Kindergartners

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Martinez has created a 30-minute virtual music class for any kindergartner!

 

Making Music with ETM’s Mr. Martinez: for 1st Graders

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Martinez has created a 30-minute virtual music class for any first grader!

 

Making Music with ETM’s Mr. Martinez: for 3rd Graders

ETM Music Teacher Mr. Martinez has created a 30-minute virtual music class for any third grader!

Sing-Along - Sing along to these delightful songs with our ETM teachers!

 

“Rattlin’ Bog”

Music teachers Kelly Gentry and Joe Ottenthal lead a sing-along of “Rattlin’ Bog,” perfect for elementary-aged students.

 

“My Little Puppy”

Music teachers Kelly Gentry and Joe Ottenthal lead a sing-along of “My Little Puppy,” perfect for elementary-aged students.

 

“Rocky Mountain”

Sing in a round with music teachers Antoine Dolberry and Julia Stacom as they lead a sing-along of “Rocky Mountain,” perfect for 3rd-grade students.

 

“Hello Song”

Grab your family and sing-along with ETM Music Teacher Brain Wright. Say HELLO with the “Hello Song.”

 

“Frog in the Meadow”
Sing-along with ETM Music Teacher David Martinez! Great for kids of all ages!

 

“Don Alfredo”

What better way to explore movement and language than with music and dance? This song gives students the opportunity to explore movement and learn the name of body parts in English and Spanish. In this song, Don Alfredo dances with: El dedo (the finger), la mano (the hand), el brazo (the arm), and el pecho (the chest). Students love to dance and sing-along!

 

“5 Little Monkeys”

Assistant Program Director Stephanie Nantell leads a sing-along to the classic “5 Little Monkeys.” Great fun for the young child in your life!

 

“Bim Bum Biddy”

Sing-along with ETM Music Teacher Stephanie Allen to “Bim Bum Biddy,” a fun hand-clapping game in Spanish!

 

“All Around the Daffodils”

ETM Music Teacher Jessica Santiago shows us what household items can be turned into musical instruments! After you find your instruments, sing-along to “All Around the Daffodils.”

 

“The Afternoon Song”

Grab your family and sing-along with ETM Music Teacher Brittany Harris. Say “Afternoon!” with “The Afternoon Song.”

 

“Welcome Song”

Grab your family and sing-along with ETM Music Teacher Meghan Cornett-Mayes.

 

“The Bee Song”

Sing-along with ETM Music Teacher Paeivi Antturi to “The Bee Song.” Fun for kindergartners!

 

What if a bird took over Mr. Martinez’s music class?! ETM Music Teacher David Martinez introduces students to his new teacher friend in this sing-along “If I Were a Bird.”

 

“Boom-Chicka-Boom”

ETM Music Teacher Brian Wright sings this echo song with us exploring different dynamics. Sing-along to “Boom-Chicka-Boom!”

 

“Tapping on my Sticks”

Mr. Martinez and his friends are back singing along to “Tapping on My Sticks.”

 

“Horse Ridin”

Sing-along with ETM Music Teacher Brittany Harris and her original song “Horse Ridin.”

Tips and Tricks - ETM educators share some of their secrets to making great music at home!

 

Vocal Health

ETM Instructional Supervisor Ulises Solano gives his advice on maintaining your vocal health. In this video, Ulises gives three different tips on how to help keep your voice in tip-top shape during times of sickness or stress.

 

Decoding Rhythm

ETM Assistant Program Director Stephanie Nantell gives tips for teachers on creating a music lesson on decoding rhythm. This lesson is fit for 1st-grade students.

Music History - Step back in time and learn about these historical musicians!

 

Louis Armstrong

ETM Music Teacher Antoine Dolberry celebrates Jazz History Month. This mini-history lesson gives you a look inside the life of Louis Armstrong.

 

Ella Fitzgerald

ETM Music Teacher Antoine Dolberry celebrates Jazz History Month. This mini-history lesson gives you a look inside the life of Ella Fitzgerald.

 

Wynton Marsalis

ETM Music Teacher Antoine Dolberry celebrates Jazz History. This mini-history lesson gives you a look inside the life of Wynton Marsalis.

Dance Party - Get up and get moving!

 

“Sasha Dance

Sing and dance along to “Sasha Dance” with ETM Music Teacher Mr. Martinez and his daughter.

 

“Bate Chocolate”

Sing and dance in Spanish to “Bate Chocolate” with ETM Music Teacher Mr. Martinez and his daughter.

Tech Time - Use online tools to make music!

 

Creating Loops Using Soundtrap

ETM Music Teacher Thanh Nguyen walks teachers through using Soundtrap. In this lesson, how to create loops.

 

Creating Patterns Using Soundtrap

ETM Music Teacher Thanh Nguyen walks teachers through using Soundtrap. In this lesson, how to create patterns.

 

Creating Piano Rolls Using Soundtrap

ETM Music Teacher Thanh Nguyen walks teachers through using Soundtrap. In this lesson, how to create piano rolls.

 

Creating a Bass Line Using Soundtrap

ETM Music Teacher Thanh Nguyen walks teachers through using Soundtrap. In this lesson, how to create a bass line.