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Students research a musician or composer of their choice and present their research through a written paper and free choice activity. This lesson can be done over the course of five to six classes with some homework. The paper correlates with the English Language Arts Curriculum as set forth by the NC Standards.
Students choose two composers to research and complete a compare and contrast study of them. In this composer research lesson, students select two composers to research. Students use Internet sources, the library, and music class resources to complete their research and comparison.
The phrase, "You sold out" has been thrown around among musicians that have lent their talents to the corporate world. Here, the class engages in an interesting discussion on how musicians make a living and the influence of commercialism and marketing in today's society. They then research how musicians lived in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and come back to discuss how the music business has changed.
VH1 Music Studio has put out another great lesson that incorporates analysis, compare/contrast, and musical terminology. Kids will listen to the song "Habanera" considering the use of specific instruments in evoking a sense of location. They then compare that to the use of Indian instruments in several of the Beatle's pieces. They then compose a simple piece using the concept of Exoticism discussed earlier. 
What does it mean to decompose an angle? You can compose and decompose angles just like shapes or numbers. Real-world examples are used to demonstrate how angles can be broken into smaller parts. An angle is decomposed into two smaller parts and then recomposed to create a larger angle. 
Tune your ears and eyes into this video of guitarist Ricky Rios. The daily life of a musician is more chaotic than you may think! Watch this video to learn why.
Students attend a variety of school concerts and performances to determine how to act at them. In class, they role-play audience members as well as describing the role of performers, composers and conductors. They repeat the lesson whenever there is another performance at their school.
Students practice appropriate concert etiquette by role-playing and attending concerts, They identify musicians by exploring the roles of musicians including performers, conductors and composers.
Students identify and interpret what legendary traditional musicians of Louisiana that allows them to hear new genres of traditional music. They also identify what it means to be a legendary artist and read, write, and create a project about these extraordinary figures.
Students research a composer using both Internet and print media. They demonstrate how to read a piece of music. They conduct interviews of each other to determine material for a news broadcast which they videotape as they simulate being camera and production crews.
Young scholars explore the connection between music and culture. For this Spanish music lesson, students label maps to show the Spanish speaking countries. Young scholars study Spanish musicians, label where they live on the maps and write a report about their lives. Students share their reports with the class.
Students compose original songs in 4/4 time to learn the elements used in the formation of music: tempo, pitch, meter, rhythm, and melody. This introductory lesson can be done in two 30-minute class periods.
Challenge young mathematicians' ability to compose and decompose shapes with this fun geometry puzzle. The goal is simple, locate all of the rectangles shown in a picture of three overlapping rectangles. Perform this activity as a whole class, in pairs, or as an independent learning activity, depending on the students' needs. This activity is a great way to reinforce the definition of a rectangle and to show learners how shapes can be partitioned into smaller pieces.
Learners develop an understanding of the role of a musician, composer, and conductor. In this musician lesson, students examine the District of Columbia quarter and see that Duke Ellington is on the reverse side. They define performer, composer, and conductor before discussing Duke Ellington and his contributions to jazz music. They complete the associated worksheet.
Students delve into the life and music of Duke Ellington as a major American musician and composer. The elements that made the sound of his orchestra unique and the talents of his band members are explored in this instructional activity.
Fourth graders study Baroque composers. In this music lesson, rotate trough three stations, collecting information on particular Baroque composers. Worksheets, information cards, and procedure included.
Students use a database to research a composer of their choice. They complete a composer scavenger hunt and complete a worksheet. They listen to their music as well.
Eighth graders utilize primary sources from the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library to research nineteenth century North Carolina composers. They conduct Internet research, complete a research worksheet, and create a rap about their selected composer.
Pupils visit web sites for each of the composersand listen to selections of each composer's music and place important dates of the composers into a pre-printed time line.
Young scholars research various composers on the internet to determine when they lived, what type of music they composed, what instruments they played and how they made their music available to the public. They write a brochure about one of the comoposers.