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A HYMN FOR THE CLASSROOM
Students practice hymn singing and participate as singers in the choir and as accompanists in the bell choir.
A Chorus For Us
Students examine "serious" choral music written for student choirs and the composers who write it. They reflect upon the notion of "serious" music, and examine the trend of concert composers writing pieces for student chorus
Reflection and Evaluation
Fourth graders practice a three-part round and develop criteria for evaluating their group's performances of the song. They evaluate their own performances and the performance of a middle-school, high-school or community choir.
In this music worksheet, students read an excerpt about the choir, the oldest of all musical groups. They identify that human voices vary in pitch, some high and some low, making it possible to sing harmonies in different layers.
Choir - Accomplished Practice # 12
Students listen to music and discuss blends and chords. They sight read songs and practice scales. Students practice diction and explore the differences in forte and piano. Technology, such as CDs, may be used to play the music.
Spot the Differences-- Christmas Choir
For this visual discrimination worksheet, students examine 2 detailed drawings of a Christmas choir. Students spot the 15 differences in the pictures.
High School Choir Visit to the Kennedy Center
Students attend a musical and tour the Kennedy Center. They are quizzed on the Kennedy Center and theater etiquette. A discussion occurs after the field trip.
Barbershop Quartet - Activity 1
Students explore a cappella singing techniques in a small group setting using their knowledge of Barbershop Quartets as a basis. The lesson can be expanded depending on needs/desires of the class.
Requiem "The Song of the Murdered Jewish People"
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.
American Music Styles - Lesson 1
Students describe some of the distinguishing characteristics of rock, folk, blues, and country music. They identify two main musical roots of today's American popular music.
Harriet Tubman Integrated Unit: Lesson 3
Students explore African spirituals. In this slavery lesson, students listen to and analyze the spiritual song "Wade in the Water" line by line. Students share their interpretations with their classmates.
Interpreting Choral Music
Budding musicians determine the differences in style between the various periods in choral music. They engage in a class discussion, read one of the suggested materials, then perform a choral piece from a specific time in history.
"As You Like It"
Students become familiar with a song from Shakespeare's "As You Like It." In this reading lesson, students research the meaning of a portion of text from "As You Like It." Students put the text together with music and design a text painting.
Reflection and Evaluation
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.
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.
Sing it Well!
Students 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. Students read music books and listen to sample songs from around the globe before performing their own versions.
Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America - Gospel Beginnings
Students identify musical characteristics of gospel and sing a gospel selection. They practice the call and response technique. After going through individual parts, they sing the entire song with piano accompaniment.
Gospel Beginnings - Lesson 1
Students identify genres of music that influenced musical style of Aretha Franklin. They identify musical characteristics of gospel and sing a gospel selection. They pay particular attention to the call and response style.
Regular and Irregular Past Tense Verbs
In this regular and irregular past tense verbs worksheet, students write the correct past tense forms of the regular and irregular verbs given. Students complete 24 problems.
In this Beyonce Knowles worksheet, students read about the life of the performer, them complete a variety of related comprehension activities. Answers are included.