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. They then compare that to the use of Indian instruments in several of the Beatle's pieces.
8th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Students research a musician or composer of their choice and present their research through a written paper and free choice activity. This instructional activity 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.
6th - 8th 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 and marketing in today's society.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Be Sharp and Never Flat
An outstanding lesson on music awaits your young composers! They learn about patterns found in music, the different sections of an orchestra, and see the differences between musicians and a composer. Excellent streamed videos and good worksheets are included in this outstanding lesson plan.
2nd - 4th 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 poetry as inspiration for melodies.
9th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts
A great source of nonfiction reading material, this resource consists of a series of five short reading passages about modern music, composition principles, and various composers. Accompanying each reading is a different activity for learners to complete.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
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 young scholars' needs.
K - 3rd Math CCSS: Designed
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 lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class 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 parts and then recomposed to create a larger angle.
4 mins 4th - 5th Math CCSS: Designed
"Infernal Dance" From The Firebird, by Igor Stravinsky
This worksheet 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 show.
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 this mystery man, and craft their own odes of praise for the composer, all while listening to "Ode to Joy.
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Finding the Area of Polygons
Third graders are exposed to finding the area of polygons by decomposing figures and recomposing them into rectangles. This strategy allows children to expand on their prior knowledge of constructing shapes by rearranging parts into squares.
2nd - 4th Math CCSS: Designed
Write About This
Looking for an easy way to encourage youngsters to write about a variety of different topics? Users simply choose an image to write about from a large selection of beautiful photographs and then compose original opinion pieces and narratives.
4th - 6th 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 whenever there is another performance at their school.
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 about these extraordinary figures.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Interviews with Famous Composers
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.
5th - 6th English Language Arts