American Music for Elementary

Have fun learning about composers and styles of American music with your elementary-aged students.

American Music for Elementary is a really fun, click-and-go, super easy-to-use online course where your students will be introduced to composers and styles of American Music. Learn about composers from Stephen Foster ("Camptown Races) to Pasek and Paul ("Greatest Showman").

There are 36 lessons, so this is great to go along with your year of American History. Each lesson could be completed in a day (about 30 minutes) or split the lesson up and spread it throughout the week on the two or three days you want to focus on music.

Composers include:

  • Stephen Foster
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk
  • Lowell Mason
  • William Mason
  • Henry T. Burleigh
  • Edward MacDowell
  • Amy Beach
  • Scott Joplin
  • John Philip Sousa
  • George Gershwin
  • Gian Carlo Menotti
  • Charles Ives
  • Aaron Copland
  • Ferde Grofé
  • Irving Berlin
  • Cole Porter
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • John Williams
  • John Cage
  • Philip Glass
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • Stephen Schwartz
  • Alan Menken
  • Pasek and Paul
  • Eric Whitacre
  • Elmer Bernstein
  • Steve Reich
  • Samuel Barber

Musical Styles include:

  • Spirituals
  • Ragtime
  • Stride Piano
  • Marches
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Opera
  • Big Band
  • Orchestra/Symphony (Classical)
  • Musical Theater
  • Rock and Roll
  • Songs
  • Bebop Jazz
  • Folk Music
  • Cool Jazz
  • Film Music
  • Choral

Also included are notebooking pages so your elementary-aged child can keep an American Music Notebook, as well as online quizzes.

See a FREE PREVIEW lesson here:

Your Instructor

Gena Mayo
Gena Mayo

Gena Mayo is a homeschooling mom of 8 who has been teaching music in various forms for 30 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy (teaching voice lessons). It has been her joy to teach elementary and junior high choir, high school voice classes, private voice lessons for teens through adults, early childhood music and movement classes (babies through preschool), elementary general music, and music appreciation for elementary through high school. But, her favorite music teaching experience has been as musical director for stage musicals such as Seussical, Shrek, Singing in the Rain, Newsies, and Beauty and the Beast. It is Gena's desire to help all homeschoolers easily include music in their homeschools!

"I’m so excited for this new course ~ American Music for Elementary! I have a music background and taught elementary music for several years. I would have loved to have such a lesson list like this to use! I have purchased several of Gena’s courses and use them all in our homeschool. The composers, genres, and history are perfect for elementary age.

I will be using this course with my 7th grader, who loves the lessons but not the regular music classroom fare I tried to use before I discovered Gena’s courses. It will give him a great music background without going old school (one composer a month and long studies on a few pieces of music) and we can go deeper where needed.

If you are looking for music theory, this is not the course for you. She provides some print-outs that allow you to decide what your students can do. As always, you can supplement or change things up!

These are some exciting lessons to enhance any homeschool curriculum. Easy to use, fun, quick, and a definite music course to count if you have to document/ count hours in your homeschool. I am so excited to share this course with him!"

~ Kathleen Hamilton


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

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