Basic Music Elements Teacher Resources
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Using Harmonic Vision’s Music Ace Software to Reinforce Basic Music Skills
If you have access to Harmonic Vision’s Music Ace Software, then this instructional activity could work for you. Kindergarteners use the video music software to place, identify, and read musical notes. They listen in and identify both high and low pitch. Tip: This could be done using a felt board staff and notes.
Melodies and Math: Creating Music with Non-Traditional Instruments
Students review the 4/4 and 2/4 time signatures in music. In this music theory lesson, students review basic music theory, experiment with electronic sounds, and create their own musical performance using instruments made from materials found in the classroom.
MUSICAL ELEMENTS OF THE LITTLE PRINCE
Young scholars demonstrate knowledge of musical instruments and the families of the orchestra. They acknowledge different voice types found in opera. Students interpret emotional expressions through listening. They compose sounds to express emotions.
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.
Music Education, The Blues
This instructional activity examines both the content and form of lyrics in blues songs. In addition to highlighting the basic musical form of a blues song, it also addresses the use of floating verses in blues music, both within the context of the original era in which
Students discover music that was inspired by the spooky and bizarre. In this music of Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saens lesson, students identify elements of music and listen to the Symphonie Fantastique and Danse Macabre. Students write a short story based on their interpretation of the music and create a group mural based on their visual interpretation of the music.
Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America Music In America
High schoolers study early New Orleans Jazz music and recognize Louis Armstrong as an early jazz artist. They recognize the elements and roots of Jazz.
Reading Basic Music Notes
First graders develop skills in reading music notes. In this reading music lesson, 1st graders clap and chant rhythm patterns and learn music vocabulary. Students also match patterns by listening to the teacher perform the pattern.
SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA NO.3
Students listen to a recording of Suite for Orchestra No. 3 by J. S. Bach, review and recognize basic musical instruments by sight, and begin to recognize sounds of some instruments.
Jazz in America
Students participate in a class discussion about jazz music, compare improvisation with regular conversion, listen to various jazz musicians and compare and contrast their individual sounds.
Trey and Dave go to Africa: Music
Trey from Phish and Dave from the Dave Mathews Band took a trip to Africa to explore music, culture, and history. Your class watches this episode from VH1's Music Studio to understand how African culture and music have influenced modern American artists. Background information on Senegal, the musicians, web links, and critical-thinking questions accent this well-thought-out lesson that blends pop culture, social studies, and music.
Langston Hughes and the Blues
Students explore the connections between Langson Hughes and blues music. In this African American culture lesson, students compare and contrast blues music with poetry and short stories by Langston Hughes.
Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor
How do a person's musical preferences influence the way they compose music of their own? Learners analyze the sound and lyrics of Alicia Keys in relation to musicians that came before. Jazz, blues, and soul music from the past are shown to shine through music of the present. This includes a music-listening worksheet, extensions, and resource links.
VH1 AIDS: A Pop Culture History Lesson 3
Students investigate the relationship between music and culture, and how music conveys thoughts and emotions. They write their own song.
Name that Tune!
Sixth graders practice songs with their musical instruments. In this name that tune lesson plan, 6th graders play the songs for their family members while they try to guess the tune. Parents provide feedback on students progress.
Jazz in America
Students learn the basic elements of music and gain an understanding of the elements found in Jazz.
A Melody Activity
Pupils explore melody. In this music lesson, students define "melody" and identify the melody line present in increasingly complex musical pieces. Pupils sing or hum the melody line after listening to an excerpt of music.
High schoolers design, compose, and present short musical compositions for keyboard in this lesson plan meant for the high school choir class. This lesson can be adapted to any time frame, but the author suggests a considerable amount of time during a nine-week session of class. Students perform final compositions in class.
VH1 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons Lesson 1
Students study the affect of a theme song can have on a show or performer. They compare and contrast an original television theme song with classical music.
Musical Sleuth: Musical Manuscript
Seventh graders explore an original musical manuscript. In this music lesson students look at an original musical manuscript and analyze the notation system that the composer used. The students also transcribe part of the manuscript using standard notation and solfege syllables.