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Carnival of the Animals and Aquarium and Magic Fish
Engage little learners in this moderately developed three-lesson unit on the composer Camille Saint-Saens and his piece "The Carnival of Animals." Each lesson includes a listening, discussion, and an art project to engage your class in understanding the music and the composer, while working on descriptive vocabulary and creative thinking skills.
Energy Transfer in Musical Instruments
Students create unique sounds using different instruments. In this energy lesson, students read and define several vocabulary terms such as heat, energy transfer and thermal equilibrium. Students utilize several household objects to create an instrument capable of playing three distinct tones while describing how it works.
Riding, Riding, Is Mr. Postman
If you have the McMillan/McGraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music and access to Orff instruments, you should consider this instructional activity. It provides an outline for you to use when instructing 5th graders in music orchestration.
Can You Hear a Story?
Students gain an understanding of relationships between music and language arts. They analyze a story and create a musical composition that reflects and enhances the story. The musical accompaniment will be produced in a book on tape.
First graders practice the song "Tinker, Tailor" using percussion instruments, Orff instruments, and their voices in this Music lesson for the 1st grade. The lesson is intended for use within an Orff unit of study and includes step-by-step instructions.
A Pentatonic Scale Activity
The famous Japanese tune, "Cherry Blooms" was composed using a pentatonic scale. Budding musicians explore the nature and theory behind the pentatonic scale as well as the East Asian music it is commonly used in. Multiple extensions are suggested for learners with musical experience, as well as adaptations for those with very little experience.
Lesson 3: Behind the Movie Chicago
In small groups and then as a class, young musicians compare and contrast two pieces from the musical film Chicago. They pair up to look at the elements that make each piece similar and define the elements or arrangements that make them different. They use their understanding of music to compose a new version of one of the songs.
Caribbean Beats and Blends
Introduced your budding musicians to a variety of Caribbean music and rhythms. Listed in the lesson are four different songs, each available via web links. The class plays, sings, and moves along to each of the songs to practice rhythm, singing, and instrumentation.
Rhythm and Art: Painting
Students make connections between music and visual art. In this integrated arts lesson, students design paintings that challenge them to examine the relationship between art elements and principles.
Round and Dance Music
Third graders recognize a round in singing groups and apply to choreography movements. In this rounds lesson, 3rd graders memorize movements with songs at specific places. Students perform a three part round.
Technology and the Distribution of Music
What does technology have to do with music? Everything! Music has been enhanced and circulated because of technological advancements through the ages. Kids explore this concept as they learn about changes in musical instruments and music listening through time. Various musical accomplishments, styles, and technological advancements are covered.
Fifth Grade Music: Lesson 3 - Unison and Harmony
Fifth graders sing the syllables and pitches of the C major scale, and sing Do - Re - Mi in two-part harmony. They discuss the definition for round and canon, and contrast gamelan music of the Spice Islands with reggae from Jamaica.
Critical Process: Description, Analysis and Comparative Criticism in Western and Non-Western Music Works
Sixth graders describe, analyze and compare music compositions and performances, their own and others. In the process, they will develop criteria to support their choices in written and verbal forms.
Third graders incorporate two formal music lessons into the core curriculum. They study whole notes and rests, syllables of the musical scale and practice singing.
Electronically Composing Music
Students complete a worksheet and discuss components of musical composition. Students familiarize themselves with the program, Finale. Students then work cooperatively to compose a musical suite.
Ancient Music Recreated in Scotland
Students read, analyze and critique a newspaper article about ancient musical tunes that have been found in a church in Scotland. They assess key vocabulary terms found within the article and compose lyrics for a song after answering a variety of comprehension questions.
Math and Music
Students listen to a piece a music before working on addition problems that uses musical notes. They review note values before completing problems that use notes to represent whole numbers and fractions depending on the grade levels.
Gamelan Music-- Bela Bartok
For this music worksheet, learners investigate gamelan music of Bali and in particular a piece by Bela Bartok. Students read about the history and unique instrumentation and answer 8 questions. Note: It appears that learners need access to this piece of music for listening.
Music: Elgar (1962)
Students examine how the creation and performance of music is affected by contextual influences. They specifically examine anthems and discuss the elements that contribute to that musical genre and how the nature of a piece of music may change over time.
Students integrate the patterns of Fibonacci into music. For this geometry lesson, students apply the concepts of recursion, pattern and Phi or Golden Ratio to composing and playing music on various instruments. They lesson is co-taught with a music teacher.