Music Lesson Plan Template

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Whether you are a music teacher or a classroom teacher incorporating music into your pedagogy, planning is of the essence. This lesson helps you by offering a template for strong planning and organization.

Why Plan Your Music Lessons?

When you are teaching music, or incorporating music into your pedagogy, it can be sort of tempting to work on an impromptu basis. After all, music is fun and often spontaneous! At the same time, though, as with all other kinds of teaching, it is actually important to have a plan. The better you plan your lessons in advance, the clearer you will be about your purpose and objective. Students will sense your certainty and this will boost their learning. A good plan also prevents you from wasting students' time by having to stop to think about what you are going to do next. One thing that can help many teachers is to work with a planning template.

A template essentially offers you a skeleton of what the major components of a lesson are. Of course, there will be occasional lessons that deviate from this structure, but working with a template will help you keep on top of things and ensure that you do not forget important aspects of your lesson. The template offered here will work for music lessons regardless of the age of your students and the context of the lesson.

Music Lesson Plan Template

Goal and Objectives

When you are writing your goals and objectives, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do I authentically hope that my students will know, understand, or be able to do at the end of this lesson?
  • What, if any, external standards am I working with? How do the standards match up with my own hopes or aspirations for my students?
  • What are my students already capable of? What strengths and capabilities do they bring to this lesson?

When you have answered these questions adequately, you will be able to come up with an overarching, abstract or conceptual goal as well as two or three concrete objectives. These goals and objectives will guide the remainder of your plan.


This part of the plan is especially important if you are hoping to be organized! List everything you will need for the lesson, including instruments, recordings, sheet music, and so on. A comprehensive list will ensure that you can make the most of your students' time.

Direct Instruction

Figure out a way to begin your music lesson with direct instruction. This will sometimes involve explicit statement of the goal of the lesson or of specific concepts you want your students to learn. Direct instruction might also include playing particular types of music to your students, explaining features of a genre or instrument, or explicitly teaching a rhythm or melody.

Guided Practice

The next aspect of your procedure will help your students practice the concept or process you are trying to teach them, but with your active assistance. Students might sing as a group along with you while you record them or offer tips. They might explore an instrument alongside you, or they might work with new software for composing while you offer guidance.

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