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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.
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.
Students explore African spirituals. In this slavery lesson plan, students listen to and analyze the spiritual song "Wade in the Water" line by line. Students share their interpretations with their classmates.
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.
Students become familiar with a song from Shakespeare's "As You Like It." In this reading activity, 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.
Fourth graders create a three-part performance of a song and evaluate their own performances using criteria they developed. In this musical critique lesson plan, 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.
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.
Learners 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.
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.
In this regular and irregular past tense verbs activity, students write the correct past tense forms of the regular and irregular verbs given. Students complete 24 problems.
In this Beyonce Knowles instructional activity, students read about the life of the performer, them complete a variety of related comprehension activities. Answers are included.
Students perform a song using correct rhythms, accurate pitches, and dynamic phrasing. They perform an accompaniment to "America" on Orff instruments.
For this famous person worksheet, students read a passage about Mary J. Blige and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
Eighth graders practice the conducting patterns for 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 meter, and other conducting gestures. Using score study and music vocabulary, each student selects one of the conducting patterns and conducts a piece of music containing the selected pattern.
Seventh graders compose a series of melodic motifs that can be used as vocal warm-ups. Using proper melodic and rhythmic notation allows students to exercise their abilities to navigate a staff and meter. This demonstrates if they are able to modify according to changing musical challenges.
In this Josef Haydn worksheet, students read about the composer and his works. Students then respond to a musical instrument question, a word scramble question, and solve a word search.
Twelfth graders complete a music listening log and then work in small groups to complete essays that answer a given set of questions about the music.
Students develop aromaticity of recognizing letters. They recognize short o, /o/, in written and spoken words. Students read a story and discuss the shape their mouths make when saying the short o sound. They identify words with the short o sound.
Students sing sections of Ella Fitzgerald's famous song "A Tisket, A Tasket," arranged by David Elliot, in this high school music lesson for women's chorus. Emphasis is placed on proper singing techniques and the use of correct "scat" syllables.
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.

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