Ascending and Descending Melody Teacher Resources
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Composing Choral Warm-ups
Students compose sixteen measures of a melody for warm-up purposes, write their melodies on staff paper with correct pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and sing melodies by reading the notation.
Music: Kama San and Do Re Mi
Third graders listen to the Japanese folk song, "Kama San" to discover the pitches associated with do re mi. Each time they hear the words, Kama San mentioned in the song, they raise their hands. Students repeat the process but this time they draw the shape of the melody in the air.
Save the Music Concert: Part 2 Composition
Students examine why music is considered to be the "universal language" and study the expressive quality of a musical performance. They compose a melody using a computer and software which they perform on an instrument.
Composing a Warm-Up
Seventh graders compose a series of melodic motifs that can be used as vocal warm-ups. Using proper melodic and rhythmic notation allows students to exercise their abilities to navigate a staff and meter. This demonstrates if they are able to modify according to changing musical challenges.
The Ship In Distress
Sixth graders sing and play the song "The Ship in Distress" using the human voice, tambourines, a ship's bell, soprano and alto glockenspiels, recorders, soprano, alto and bass xylophones, and marimbas. The lesson emphasizes the use of the Orff method.
Fifth Grade Music: Lesson 3 - Unison and Harmony
Fifth graders sing the syllables and pitches of the C major scale, and sing Do - Re - Mi in two-part harmony. They discuss the definition for round and canon, and contrast gamelan music of the Spice Islands with reggae from Jamaica.
Math, Cyberchase Style
Students use patterns to predict the next step in problem solving. They create their own patterns using a poster sized Cyberboard.
Artist as Inventor
Students explore the work of Paul Dresher. In this musical arts activity, students watch a video segment about musician Paul Dresher and study the acoustic and electronic instruments and music he has invented during his career.
Students play instruments and discuss how they can become employed playing music. In this music lesson plan, students play music and respond to others playing music. They also discuss how they can have a career in playing music.
The Business of Art: Klein String Competition
Students study classical music and learn about competitions as well as musical careers. In this music study lesson, students read about the Klein String Competition and the importance of competitions in shaping musical careers. Students listen to classical music pieces and analyze the pieces. Students review music terminology, research the history of the violin family, and write a short report about the topic.
Fifth graders sing and play the song "Amazing Grace" using soprano and alto glockenspiels, soprano, alto, and bass metallophones, finger cymbals, and triangles. This general music lesson for the fifth grade classroom uses the Orff method.
Waking Dreams: A Teacher's Guide
A teacher's guide for a seminar held at the Cincinnati Art Museum includes a full description of several Pre-Raphaelite art pieces, artists, and connecting literary works. Excerpts from authors and poets can help you make the connection between art and literature for your class.
Four Different Styles of Music
Explore the characteristics of four very different musical styles. Your class will consider the rhythm, pitch, voice, and timber of each style. They'll practice reading musical notation, identifying elements of music theory, while researching Musicals, Kwaito, Soukous, and folk music.
In this music worksheet, students read 33 questions about Alban Berg: Violin Concerto. Students also answer 3 extended questions.
VH1 All Access Spotlight: Josh Groban
Young scholars discuss the lyrics to You Raise Me Up, sung by Josh Groban, and identify the structure and markings in the song that show expressive qualities. They explore how composers use musical concepts to show meaning and mood in a piece of music.
Louis Armstrong Hot Five
Students investigate the history and development of jazz by studying the Louis Armstrong Hot Five. They listen to music and define how Armstrong strengthened the concept of the solo as a part of jazz. They complete guided listening lessons.
Ottoman Lyric Poetry
Young scholars explore the Ottoman style of poetry. They view a video, Suleyman the Magnificent, and view maps of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean Sea. They research the Ottoman Empire and keep a journal. They read various Ottoman poems and identify themes and images.
Ambassador Satch, Superb Entertainer: 1950-1971
Young scholars participated in guided listening lessons of Louis Armstrong's jazz music while interpreting his lyrics. They study his life as an entertainer and goodwill ambassador for the US.
LAM 103 Alban Berg: Violin Concerto: Coda (1935)
In this music worksheet, students examine their general knowledge and musical knowledge of Berg's Violin Concerto: Coda as they respond to 37 short answer questions.
The River Sleeps Beneath The Sky
Students practice singing "The River Sleeps Beneath the Sky" by Mary Lynn Lightfoot and "Laudamus Te" by Antonio Vivaldi in an SSA choir setting in this Choral lesson for High Schoolers. Emphasis is placed on National Standards for Music Education.