Sing, Move, Play Like a Pirate in Music Class (2024)

I’m sharing tons of pirate themed music and movement activities to sing, move with scarves and dance and play instruments like a pirate!


Ahoy! Dance and sing like a pirate with this original Pirate Song and Dance “I’m a Pirate”for “Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Children all ages will love pretending to be a pirate. ( I know I do!) The Song and Dance are part of a Music Lesson Resource with Music Lesson Video for the Orff parts, Song and Dance video too!

Get this teaching treasure! It includes a Teaching video, Vocal and Mp3 Tracks for K-6. And, your upper elementary students can play the Orff Arrangement with the Sheet Music.

Pirate Song and Dance: “I’m a Pirate” Video Lesson, Video Dance, Orff Music

Find some mighty fine teaching treasure in this here blog post!


Got Scarves? Pirates do!

Help out yer maties with movement activities this fall! Movement helps kids deal with stress and fosters creativity!

Pirate Scarf Activities: “Talk Like a Pirate Day” Movement, Brain Break

These here activities be purrrfect fer ye stations and social distancing. Ye can even do them out under the sun! There be a VIDEO and Music tracks in this here resource too!

Sing, Move, Play Like a Pirate in Music Class (2)And if you’re looking for scarves, I found these on Amazon and you can get them in all 1 color if you want.

(I get a kickback from Amazon when you click the link)

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Avast me hearties! Pirate Freeze Dance Creative Movement Activities fer “Talk Like a Pirate Day” ( and Halloween!)

Ye found the teacher treasure in this here resource! Movement activities fer ye scallywags and sea dogs to help yer restless pirates!

Whether ye be virtual, hybrid on in person, this here activity will stop a mutiny!

Music and Movement activities, Brain Breaks are perfect for Elementary Music class, PE, Preschool, Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Classes.

Video and Music Tracks! 18 minutes of movement activities for your scallywags and sea dogs!

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Pirate rhythm activities for yer online music lessons! Use the digital images on tablets, computers, interactive white boards too!

These be purrrrfect fer ye 1-2-3 graders!

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Fer ye old sea dogs (4-5-6th graders) haul out these pirate chants fer some reading and playing activties!

Chant the rhythms, chant the pirate poems. Student LUV ‘EM! Pirate chants for elementary music classrooms.

Students memorize, perform and play the rhythms and chants. This set of materials is perfect for stations and “social distance” teaching.

Print enough copies for all of the students using the mini cards and then have them all practice their parts. Picture them spaced out in the classroom.

You call out “chant #1” and just those students stand and read their card. During the next class they can memorize and create some movements for their chants.

Pirate Rhythm Chants: Music Lessons, Activities and Printables K-6

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National Talk Like a Pirate Day Music Education Treasures (has freebies)

Teach rhythms, practice, and assess using the presentation, video and google slides drag and drop activities. Use the videos for your sub plans, online or in person.

Students will love the Pirate music lesson activities.

Tips on Teaching Pirate Rhythms

How arrr ye celebrating “National Talk Like a Pirate Day?” Will ye be a good ol’ seadog and pillage and plunder? Arrrgh ye scallywags, or will ye walk the plank?

Well, blow me down! I’ve got some great music lesson treasures fer ye!

It’s the purrrrfect way to celebrate with these “National Talk Like a Pirate Day” music education treasures.

Ye can find more treasure from me old sea dog music teachers in this post:

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Follow this map to the complete PIRATE ACTIVITIES BUNDLE:

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Pirate music and movement activities with VIDEO and MUSIC for a complete set of materials for all ages. Dance, sing, Play instruments, practice rhythms, move with scarves and Freeze Dance Activities!

Finally, to insure ye don’t have a mutiny on yer hands….. keep lessons “fun” and “humor” will go a LOOOONG way in keeping focused on the learning treasure!

Be prepared with this here map of music and movement Pirate activities to sing, move and play like a pirate.

Teach Rhythms, Play Instruments, Move and Sing all through the month of September!

It’s easy with this bundle to Sing, Move and Play like a pirate! You’re students will have this treasure forever.

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Sing, Move, Play Like a Pirate in Music Class (2024)


What makes music sound like pirate music? ›

One of the most distinctive features of pirate music is its use of simple, repetitive chord progressions. These progressions often consist of just a few chords that are repeated over and over again, with the lyrics fitting into the chord changes.

What type of music is pirate music? ›

Pirate music, also known as sea shanties, are a traditional form of maritime folk song that were sung by sailors and pirates during the golden age of piracy in the 18th and 19th centuries.

What instrument do pirates play? ›

It wasn't all singing: fiddles, flutes or fifes, banjos, and the concertina (similar to an accordion) were commonly found aboard ships. During their heyday, sea chanteys were not sung ashore, as they were the work songs of the sailor and held special meaning just to them.

What do pirates listen to? ›

Pirate sea shanties may be familiar to you. Ask yourself, “What would you do with a drunken sailor?” and you're halfway to belting out your own version of a centuries-old, traditional song. The history of sea shanties stretches back to the Golden Age of Piracy and has continued in various forms.

What does pirate mean in music? ›

What is music piracy? Piracy is defined as "unauthorized duplication on a commercial scale of copyrighted work with the intention to defraud the rights holder".

Is it illegal to pirate music? ›

Making unauthorized copies of copyrighted music recordings is against the law and may subject you to civil and criminal liability. A civil lawsuit could hold you responsible for thousands of dollars in damages.

What is a real pirate song? ›

CHANTEY, shan' te, a traditional sailors' song, particularly the cadenced work songs of English and American sailors. “Forecastle songs,” in contrast to chanteys (or shanties), were sung simply for entertainment and are often nautical variants of old English, Irish, and Scots ballads.

What do pirates call songs? ›

Shanties are songs that were sung by sailors and pirates as they sailed the seven seas, intended to keep the men both entertained and motivated during their long spells at sea. The word shanty is sometimes spelled “chanty” as it is derived from the French word “chanter,” which means to sing.

Why do pirates sing? ›

On the open sea, shanties helped facilitate the timing and pace of labor, not to mention the songs provided a distraction from the arduous tasks at hand. - Typically at moments when sailors needed to synchronize their labor to furl or unfurl sails, they needed to work in unison.

What is the pirate instrument called? ›

The hurdy-gurdy is a string instrument that produces sound by a hand-crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin (or Nyckelharpa) bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin.

What is the pirate accordion called? ›

Despite the pop-culture association of the concertina with the Golden Age of Piracy, the concertina was invented nearly 100 years after the heyday of piracy in North America.

What is pirate singing called? ›

A sea shanty, shanty, chantey, or chanty (/ˈʃæntiː/) is a genre of traditional folk song that was once commonly sung as a work song to accompany rhythmical labor aboard large merchant sailing vessels.

What did pirates fear the most? ›

Sailors and pirates tended to be very superstitious - that is, they had a fear of the unknown and used it to explain misfortune (bad things that happened). Living and working on a ship in the middle of the seven seas was a very dangerous job.

What do pirates scream? ›

Instead of a simple “hello,” ye be sayin' “Ahoy!” or “Avast!” And when it comes to “goodbye,” swap it with a hearty “Fair winds!” or “May yer anchor be ever tight!” Arr, it's all about the seafaring flair, ye see. Example: Pirate 1: “Ahoy there, matey! How be ye doin' today?” Pirate 2: “Avast, I be well!

What makes a song sound like a sea shanty? ›

The shanty genre was typified by flexible lyrical forms, which in practice provided for much improvisation and the ability to lengthen or shorten a song to match the circ*mstances. Its hallmark was call and response, performed between a soloist and the rest of the workers in chorus.

What accent sounds like a pirate? ›

Their accent was part of the West Country English which was in the poorer parts of the country - ship builders and young men with little to lose. Blackbeard was presumed to have been born in Bristol. Francis Drake was born in Tavistock. These locations are both firmly in the West Country English dialect.

Why does pirate music sound celtic? ›

The Packet Rats of the Western Ocean Packets were almost one hundred per cent Irish… and as these seamen were responsible for many of our finest shanties it was only natural for them to choose tunes and words from Irish sources when they made up these songs.

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