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Music and poetry are vehicles that can tell many stories. Learners read the poem "The Song of the Murdered Jewish People" by Itzhak Katzenelson, then listen to the requiem it inspired; composed by Zlata Razdolina. Excellent background information provides the basis for a meaningful look at the portrayal of life and death through art.
Young scholars research world culture by collaborating on a performance with their class. In this harmony lesson, students practice using singing techniques to accompany the voices of their classmates and create melodies from a list of different songs. Young scholars read music books and listen to sample songs from around the globe before performing their own versions.
Fourth graders create a three-part performance of a song and evaluate their own performances using criteria they developed. In this musical critique lesson, 4th graders watch a video of a professional musical performance and write evaluations for it. Students prepare and perform their own musical production and evaluate it with the criteria they developed.