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Independent harmonies, homophonic music, intervals, and melody are all part of music theory and practice. Prepare your budding musicians for the big time with these activities focused on playing with accompaniment. This lesson is intended for learners who already have skills in musical performance.
Way before the digital age radio was the medium of popular culture. After listening to excerpts from radio programs (easily available on the Internet), participants return to the radio age by creating a two-minute sketch based on a historical/social event or figure from the 1920s. Broadcasters research, script, edit, prepare sound effects, select theme music, and record their sketch. Turn out the lights and gather round.
Here are several activities intended to allow learners to understand who they are and how they can reach their personal career goals. They discuss community, support, personal achievement, and believing in oneself. It is a positive lesson that could shift some learners into believing they can achieve their goals. Remember the saying, "If you believe it, you can achieve it."
Explore the characteristics of four very different musical styles. Your class will consider the rhythm, pitch, voice, and timber of each style. They'll practice reading musical notation, identifying elements of music theory, while researching Musicals, Kwaito, Soukous, and folk music.
They say art often imitates life. Learners research and write an expository paper on modern dance choreographer, Alvin Ailey. They focus on describing how his life and background has influenced his dance creations. This is a great way to incorporate an appreciation for the art of dance while fostering good research and writing skills.
Who needs music teachers? Kids in grade K-12, that's who. Learners examine the effect music programs have in high needs or urban schools. They view video clips depicting a variety of case studies where urban Los Angeles schools increased college attendance and decreased drop out rates through intense music education. Great for learners and school administrators alike.
The story behind the Star Spangled Banner sets off this singing and music lesson. Emergent singers study facts about Francis Scott Key and his famous song, they then discuss and practice singing the first verse paying close attention to vocal tone and song phrasing. Several cross-curricular activities are included.
Kids who have just finished a unit on the Renaissance, or music of the Renaissance period, could definitely benefit from this worksheet. They answer eight comprehension questions and complete ten additional questions in order to fill out a crossword puzzle. This could be used as a good quiz or as a guide to reading.
After brainstorming a list of characteristics of Western orchestral instruments, learners explore those made in Africa. They discuss how the diverse African geography has influenced how musical instruments are constructed and used. This is a great lesson for connecting culture, music, and environment.
Turn the class into a percussive orchestra and let the kids take over as conductor. You'll explain a few ins and outs of what a conductor does. Then you hand over the baton and let your budding Beethovens conduct each other as they play percussive instruments. The procedure for four activities is included.
To be the very best musician one needs to be wiling to practice at home. Here is a handy guide to give your young musicians a leading edge on home music practice. It includes a warm up, cool down, suggestions for setting goals and for improving general skills. Hand it out and watch them become experts and putting practice first.
Music around the globe may sound different, but it always tends to function partly as a mode of communicating religion, rights of passage, and oral tradition. Delve into the world of Russian music. Folk, peasant, Cossack, and orchestral music developed in Russia are briefly covered.
Polish your class's spelling skills with this two-page sheet. Both pages contain the same exercise. The pupil must circle the word that is spelled correctly out of four options. Different words are on the second page. Use this to determine any specific spelling rules you'll need to review with your class.
Learn about philanthropy and poetic conventions with an inclusive lesson about Bill Gates. After learning about Mr. Gates' humanitarian efforts in the world, sixth graders use alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme, rhythm, and refrain in their own poems about philanthropy. Use this lesson in a unit about humanitarianism, or with articles about other non-profit organizations.
How much do your youngsters know about the simple present, past, and future tenses? Find out with this series of practice activities. To begin, learners become acquainted with the verb tenses by reading definitions and examples and identifying the tense in five sentences. Next, they can complete any of the five included worksheets. An answer key is provided.
Here is a week-long instructional activity on the roles of family members designed for first graders. In it, learners share stories of their families, listen to books about families read to them by their teacher, complete homework assignments and in-class assignments that are all about families, and create a large chart that lists the number of family members each student has. The instructional activity covers a lot of aspects of family life, and would be a good one to implement as a way of getting to know your pupils better.