Basic Music Elements Teacher Resources
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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 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 discover music that was inspired by the spooky and bizarre. In this music of Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saens lesson plan, 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.
Learners 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.
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.
Young scholars explore melody. In this music lesson, students define "melody" and identify the melody line present in increasingly complex musical pieces. Young scholars sing or hum the melody line after listening to an excerpt of music.
This lesson plan 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
Learners discover how blues music has inspired many writers and artists such as the poet, Langston Hughes. They write an essay comparing a blues song and a poem, and exploring the literary elements in both.
Students review the 4/4 and 2/4 time signatures in music. For 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.
Young scholars study early New Orleans Jazz music and recognize Louis Armstrong as an early jazz artist. They recognize the elements and roots of Jazz.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Students investigate the relationship between music and culture, and how music conveys thoughts and emotions. They write their own song.
Sixth graders practice songs with their musical instruments. For this name that tune lesson, 6th graders play the songs for their family members while they try to guess the tune. Parents provide feedback on students progress.
Students learn the basic elements of music and gain an understanding of the elements found in Jazz.
Students design, compose, and present short musical compositions for keyboard in this lesson plan meant for the high school choir class. This instructional activity 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.
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.