Famous Composers and Musicians Teacher Resources
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19th & 20th Century Composers: Exoticism
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....
8th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Lessons for Hight School Music Classes: Lesson 1
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...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Using Poetry As inspiration for Composition
A reading of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken launches an interdisciplinary study of the connection between the meter of a poem and that of a melody. Composers, including many popular musicians like Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison, often use...
9th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts
Beethoven Manuscript Sold at Auction
Students react to a series of statements about Beethoven, then read a news article about the sale of a 179-year-old manuscript by the musical genius. In this current events activity, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion...
2nd - 6th Social Studies & History
Compose and Decompose Angles
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...
4 mins 4th - 5th Math CCSS: Designed
"Infernal Dance" From The Firebird, by Igor Stravinsky
This learning exercise about Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird, provides information about the composer, the ballet, and the "Infernal Dance." It also includes questions about the music, as well as extension activities such as a puppet...
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Introduction to Ludwig van Beethoven
"Ode to la Tortilla" and "Ode to Joy"? Sure! Use Gary Soto's poem to introduce learners to the ode format. After examining the descriptive words Soto uses, class members study a poster of Ludwig van Beethoven, suggest words that describe...
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
What is a Musician and How Do I Act During Performances?
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...
K Visual & Performing Arts
Louisiana's Legendary Musicians
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...
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts