This time of year, a lot of music teachers use the Nutcracker in a variety of ways. To talk about music and dance as story telling, orchestral instruments, and more. Here are three great activities specific to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

1. Play Alongs

There are some great play alongs on YouTube. This one from Ready Go Music is my favorite. It’s nice and clear to read and great for practicing rhythms.

They also offer a play along in icon mode which is perfect for your students who are still in pre-notation. Check out the icon version here

2. Listening Map

There are a bunch of listening maps you can find online, but I think this one is really nice for showing instruments and contour.

3. Composing

Sugar Plum is a really easy couple words to make a great ostinato. Add it to the music, or let your students come up with their own rhythms. This set has everything you need to compose three different ways. Check it out here.

I hope this gives you some ideas to put little pep in your Nutcracker step!

Melissa Stouffer-1

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