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Nutcracker Activities for the Music Room

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Music activities for the Nutcracker: Fun ideas for teaching "The Nutcracker" in your music lessons!

Looking for fun, engaging activities for “The Nutcracker,” for your music lessons? Here are five ways to incorporate this beloved classic in your music room!

Body Percussion

Tanya and Carrie from “Music Teacher Coffee Talk” recorded this video, with body percussion for “The Nutcracker March.” So fun!

Paper Plate Routine

Looking for another fun movement activity for the “March”? Here is a paper plate routine, which would be fun for a lesson, or a performance!

Scarves with "Trepak"

In my last blog post, I wrote about Matthew Stensrud's YouTube channel, which includes lots of Nutcracker movement activities. Here's another video from his channel, which is a scarf activity for “Trepak.” So fun!

"Nutcracker" Nearpod Lesson

Nearpod is one of my favorite tech tools; I wrote about it in this blog post. Katie Wonderly created an Instagram reel about a “Nutcracker” Nearpod lesson, which looks like a very interactive, engaging lesson! Check it out here. Here is the video Katie mentions in the reel:

"Nutcracker" Sets

Looking for materials, slideshows, activities, and more for “The Nutcracker”? Check out these two sets, which were created to use in your music lessons. The first set was just updated to fix a few broken YouTube links, and to offer some distance learning options, so if you have already purchased, you can re-download under “my purchases” on TpT.

Looking for more ideas for “The Nutcracker”? Check out this blog post by my friend David Row, and this blog post by my friend Tracy King.

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4 Responses

  1. Good morning, Aileen,

    Just a quick note to once again thank you for sharing your expertise and creativity, and helping me maintain my sanity AND enthusiasm! I have NO idea how you manage to do all that you do, but I am incredibly thankful!

    And I don’t know if I’ve entered today’s contest correctly, but my favorite activity was having my 2nd graders create their own candy cane “routine” to Trepak from “The Nutcracker.” I watched several different presentations by others online, and then played the selection several times for the kids, each time changing the focus just a bit. After they’d listened so many times, asking them to point out certain repeating themes, etc. helped them decide what to do. They LOVED this activity, and we will record it next week to send home to their parents (since obviously no concerts this year). They are so proud! AND…although in MY eyes, it’s far from perfect, they have certainly achieved the goals I set for this activity: interpreting the form with movement, working collaboratively as a large group, coming to consensus, understanding beat and phrase; feeling and expressing joy through music and movement. OK, I’ll stop rambling now!

    Hope you have a great day,
    Becky

  2. Thanks for all the resources! It takes so much time to sort through everything that is out there and here is so much in one place. I can’t begin to count all the hours you have saved me here and with your Tpt resources! Thanks again!!!

  3. My students and I enjoyed your nutcracker activities very much! Thank you for sharing all these great ideas! 🙂

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