Students could compose as a warm up when the come in. They would go directly to their seats and begin. This could be a routine. It would be great practice for site reading. FREE composition activity that can be used for recorders or in general music!
By integrating music into your classroom, you are introducing a new take on that subject. Music is relating and filled with emotion. When learning about a new culture, why not show your students the music, activities, and customs of that culture.