A Halloween-Themed Music Lab

Looking for a fun, educational, and, easy activity for your students around Halloween time?

Introduce students to “spooky” classical music with this fun Halloween-themed lab!

Four pages long, this lab guide accompanies the (free) Halloween Videos series published here on Piano Pantry. Comprised of 13 videos, there’s over an hour of listening for your students to enjoy!

Use this resource for in-studio lab time or with your online students!

The accompanying lab sheet gives students brief and easy-to-digest background information on each piece in the series followed by a reflection question.

Students are not necessarily asked to physically write out an answer to the reflection question (although you could certainly ask them to!), it is simply there to help guide them in active listening.

They are also asked to rate the video with 1-3 stars, which serves both as a way for students to reflect on how the piece made them feel and to track the pieces that they’ve listened to in the lab.

The lab and videos are long enough that if you only assign this lab during a once-a-week lesson for one or week or two weeks leading up to Halloween, then you might be able to use it with students two or three years in a row depending on how long your lab time is!

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How to Use It Online

Here are a few suggestions on how you might use this product with online students. Much of it, of course, depends on how you give assignments.

Send students the PDF:  Using your digital assignment tool of choice (such as email or Google Docs), simply send students the PDF or send a direct link to the document from a cloud-based document manager.

*Please note that the terms of use for this product state you can only share it digitally with your students.

Create a repertoire assignment series in Tonara: There are two ways you could consider using this lab in Tonara:

  1. Copy and paste each individual video title into a repertoire assignment then copy the text into the note portion. Once you create a series in your personal repertoire database, you would assign individual videos to students. Be sure and number each assignment so there is an order to assigning them.
  2. Create one assignment in your permanent repertoire for this lab. Attach the PDF to the assignment and use the link area to give students the link to the videos.

In Tonara, you can even assign points for students completing the lab assignment!

If you would like to see a brief tutorial on how to create an assignment series in Tonara, click on the image to watch this video starting at 4:30


How to Use It During In-Studio Lab Time

I like to print out all of my lab sheets and put them in 1/2″ three-ring binders. Students have their own individual binders and mark on their own lab sheets.

Curious for more details on how I run my music labs? Get this 15-page “Music Labs Made Easy eBook” that is chock full of all kinds of “pro tips.”

We’ll talk about scheduling, set-up, and organizing labs. Laid out in an easy-to-read and understand format, this book will answer all your questions regarding music lab time!


How to Purchase


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What kinds of activities do you like to do at Halloween? Do you have any video suggestions I should add to the series? Share in the comments below!


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