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If you have access to Harmonic Vision’s Music Ace Software, then this lesson 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.
Students discover music that was inspired by the spooky and bizarre. In this music of Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saens instructional activity, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students 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.