• Music Educators Toolbox

  • This set of free online resources for music teachers includes lesson plans and activities, summative and formative assessments, video examples, and documented best practices. Designed to be effective and adaptable in a wide variety of music classrooms, the resources were developed through Carnegie Hall’s five-year residency in a New York City elementary/middle school.

    The Toolbox currently features grade-specific music education resources addressing fundamentals of Rhythm and Meter, Form and Design, Expressive Qualities, Pitch, and Performing.

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  • The Music Educators Toolbox was developed in partnership with PS/MS 161 in upper Manhattan. Major funding in support of this partnership was provided by The Irene Diamond Fund. Additional support was provided by the Lanie & Ethel Foundation.

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  • The Toolbox Contains:

    • Activity Pages
      Short sample lesson plans and activities with links to related formative and summative assessments. Activity pages include downloadable teacher and student worksheets as well as corresponding audio clips.
    • Formative Assessments
      A series of assessments and rubrics designed to further the progress and development of students through reflection and revision.
    • Summative Assessments
      Culminating tasks intended to evaluate student progress at the conclusion of a unit of study. The assessments may also be used in conjunction with other lessons on the same topic.
    • Video Exemplars
      Footage of teachers and teaching artists implementing the activities and assessments in the classroom, as led by Carnegie Hall teaching artists and classroom music teachers.
    • Related Links
      Grade-appropriate, conceptually related additional resources and curricula found in the Carnegie Hall Digital Library.
  • Browse Videos:

    Visit the Music Educators Toolbox channel on Vimeo to browse and download video exemplars.


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  • An ongoing project, the Music Educators Toolbox will continue to expand in the following content areas: resources for grades 6–12, resources for ensemble directors, and resources for administrators.

    To access resources related to the Music Educators Toolbox, you may be asked to sign in to Carnegie Hall’s Digital Library. The Digital Library provides access to free digital resources for teaching and learning from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

    Click here to view the official rules for the Music Educators Toolbox iPad mini Give-Away Contest.