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Students identify genres of music that influenced musical style of Aretha Franklin. They identify musical characteristics of gospel and sing a gospel selection. They pay particular attention to the call and response style.
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.
Young scholars investigate the concept of timbre. In this music lesson, students listen to several recordings of musical pieces and identify the name of the instrument playing with its picture.
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.
Learners connect achievements of noted artists with their roles in the music industry. They identify many Black music industry leaders and their contributions with the Motown Sound.
Students identify the musical form of the 12-bar blues. They identify a problem from the "Farming in the 1940's" section and compose a 12-bar blues song. make comparisons between problems of the 1940's and today.
Students practice combining relative pitch and reading music. They create, read and perform music on their own as they combine music and art to the concepts of differing pitches and reading music. Each student present their creations to their classmates.
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.
Learners listen and respond to various forms of Caribbean music. In this music and culture instructional activity, students clap rhythms and respond to a sung call. Lyrics are analyzed for language blends and repetition. Music and culture from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, and St. Lucia/West Indies are included.
Students analyze the concept of democracy. In this democratic values lesson, students analyze the lyrics of selected popular music that address issues that challenge the role of United States as a world leader. Students create exhibits that share their visions of American democracy.
In this classical music worksheet, learners listen to a recording of "Andante" from Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Students read a biography of the composer. Learners unscramble the names of musical instruments and write an acrostic poem about the music.
Students investigate Korean music. In this music lesson, students listen to two Korean folk songs, "Arirang" and "Doraji," and compare them to each other. Students discuss the musical similarities between the two songs.
In this music worksheet, students identify and locate musical vocabulary terms in preparation for a semester exam. There are 54 words located in the puzzle.
Students explore traditional Korean songs. In this multi-cultural music lesson plan, students listen and read the lyrics to the Korean song "Arirang."
Students analyze and compare two songs from different periods through the Virtual Gramophone website.
Students study the ideas of free jazz and improvisation. In this music analysis instructional activity, students read about the Rova Saxophone Quartet and learn about the art of improvisation. Students discuss and practice the methodology to the music technique.
Third graders examine the relationships between rhythm and math, tone color and science, form and geography, melody and art, and harmony and social studies. Why, they are like cousins! Students, in groups, present projects demonstrating this fact.
Students study the context of African-American music in early American History. In a hands-on activity, they see how to recognize, play, and appreciate the art of polyrhythmic West African music.
Learners explore the role of the spiritual played during the period of slavery and the Civil War. They listen to and analyze various forms of spirituals They gain an awareness of how music reflects cultures and social issues.