Seesaw activities for your music room

iPad against red background, with a music activity on the screen

Are you looking for Seesaw assignments for your music room? In this blog post, I discussed the what and why of Seesaw, and offered some sample Seesaw activities for Kindergarten. This blog post includes sample Seesaw lessons for grades 1 and above; keep reading to find out how to add some to your library!

#1: Rhythm reading

Seesaw is a wonderful platform for practicing rhythm, since students are able to write, listen, and record! In the Seesaw library, there are many activities which you could assign students, like this one by Amy Burns, for half note, and this one by Marcie Kumor for ta and ti-ti.

I've created one for long and short-short, if you are in the preparation phase of ta and ti-ti. On this page, students would trace the rhythm for “2, 4, 6, 8”:

And on this page, students would listen to the audio, then trace the pattern they hear:

Keep reading to find out how to download this activity for free!

#2: Staff writing

Using Seesaw to practice melody can also be really helpful! Students can drag the notes to the staff, write missing solfa in, write noteheads on the staff, and more!

In this Seesaw activity by Jessica Tanner, students compose their own sol, la, and mi composition.

I love how this Seesaw activity by Sandra Divnick not only has students write on the staff, but then has them explain their thinking! 

#3: Response to listening

I really appreciate how easy it is for students to respond to music with Seesaw, as they can choose whether they want to write a response, record video, or record audio!

In this Seesaw activity, I'm having students listen to some St. Patrick's Day selections, choose their favorites, then write about why they chose the songs! When they select, they can use the move tool to drag their choices to the iPads, like in this image:

Keep reading to find out how to download this one for free!

#4: Centers

If you are comfortable doing centers, you might try centers with Seesaw! To do this, you can have choices in Seesaw for them. Some of them can be on their device, and some of them can be around the room. Here is a sample of one I did a few weeks ago with 4th grade:

The owl links to this game is by Linda McPherson, and the laptop links to Chrome Music Lab Melody Maker, where I had students compose with do, re, mi, sol, and la, then with any notes they wanted!

#5: Instrument family sort

With the move tool, it's easy to have students sort things into categories. I recently had students watch instrument family slideshows from this set, then sort instruments into instrument families by having them drag the instrument name to its family. If you purchase either of the sets listed below, you'll receive the Seesaw activity as a bonus file!

Wondering how to receive the long/ short-short Seesaw activity, as well as the St. Patrick's day listening Seesaw activity? Sign up below to get them for free!

If you are excited about all of the possibilities with Seesaw, but aren't sure how to get students into Seesaw, check out this blog post, in which discuss how to get your students onto the platform!

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