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Seventh graders analyze music compositions and performances. In this music criticism lesson, 7th graders study music compositions and performances. Students listen and analyze various pieces of music. Students then compose their own music pieces and review music terminology. Students listen to student performances and write sentences about the music. Students complete comparison activities for the music pieces.
Fifth graders listen to various genres of music and identify which elements of music or qualities of each genre make it unique. In this unique music style lesson, 5th graders develop and understand their own musical preferences and appreciate the musical preferences of others.
Fourth graders sing, play, and listen to music from other cultures. In this cultural appreciation instructional activity, 4th graders compare and contrast the music of other cultures. As a culminating activity, students invent their own culture, define their culture's parameters for musical expression and compose a piece of music for their culture.
Students examine the relationship of today's pop vocal music and other American vocal genres. They describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures. After listening to short examples of CD's and tapes, students engagee in a classroom discussion about pop vocal groups from each decade from the nineties going back to the forties.
Students study the work of David Grisman and American blue grass music. In this blue grass music lesson plan, students research the origins of this music genre, and then participate in activities including researching oral traditions, play tunes, and writing their own music.
Eighth graders investigate how historical events tie to musical periods of the past and present (setting), how larger works can contain smaller sections, how to listen for these smaller sections, how to identify major tonalities (keys) and how music vocabulary is used in the process.