John Philip Sousa & His Marches Musical Lesson Plan


When you hear one of John Philip Sousa’s marches it’s hard to control the urge clap your hands or tap your feet to the beat. Sousa’s music is well known, but this musical lesson plan will delve into the background of some of his most famous marches.

Lesson includes links to YouTube videos and free audio files. There are also several writing activities, musical activities, theater (theatre) activities, dance activities and/or art activities to go along.

This is the perfect lesson and activity for elementary school children and teachers. The songs are about 3+ minutes long each and the lesson could take about 30 minutes. Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take 15+ minutes to complete.


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Lesson includes:

  • Lesson plan for John Philip Sousa & His Marches
  • A short overview of the composer John Philip Sousa
  • Links to YouTube videos and free audio files
  • Images to print for visual aids or bulletin boards
  • Activities to go along with the song (writing, musical, theater, dance and/or art)
  • Lesson takes about 30 minutes
  • Activities take 15+ minutes to complete
  • Grades: K-6
Formats Included
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  • 19 pages


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