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Gustav Holst
"Jupiter" from The Planets
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There are 9 lessons in this unit for grades K-6. Lesson plans are designed for class periods of approximately 35 minutes for K–2 and 45 minutes for 3–6, although some lessons could comprise several class periods if done completely. Teachers should adapt the lesson plans to fit their school resources, instructional time, and the developmental or individual needs of their students.

Lesson Plans:

  • Lesson #1: Grades K-6 - Tapping to the Beat and Tempo
  • Lesson #2 : Grades K-6 - Jumping Jupiter! Expressive Qualities
  • Lesson #3a : Grades K-5 - A National Hymn
  • Lesson #3b: Grades K-2 – Feeling the Patterns of 2 and 3
  • Lesson #3c: Grades 3-5 - Conducting the Patterns of 2 and 3
  • Lesson #4: Grades 3-6 - Sing, Play, Accompany, or Conduct
  • Lesson #5: Grades 5-6 - Class Art or Video Project
  • Lesson #6: Grades 5-6 - Bonus Lesson: "Mars, the Bringer of War"
  • Lesson #7: Grades 3-6 - Bonus Lesson: Creative Writing Prompts
The lesson plans were written by Dr. Kay Edwards, Professor and Chair of Music Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Dr. Edwards earned both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in general music from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music from Ohio University. She has been an active clinician and author in the areas of elementary general music, guided listening, and multicultural music education for more than 15 years at the university level and has 10 years experience as an elementary general music teacher. In addition to Orff Level III certification, she has special training in Kodály and Dalcroze pedagogies.
Gustav Holst
The Planets

Composed in 1914
Performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra
Adrian Leaper, conductor
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