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Students investigate music and what causes the pitch of a sound. In this sound properties lesson, students listen to a story about animals and the instinctual pitch they have in their voice and how musicians have that as well. Students practice reading music and playing on a piano or xylophone to determine the change of pitch.
In this reading comprehension activity, students read about Frederic Chopin and his music, complete a word search, a crossword puzzle, and a listening quiz. Students write 30 questions.
Third graders engage in the entire learning process that culminate in a theatrical musical of the classic, A Christmas Carol. The third graders present creative dioramas, which depict their particular part in the production.
In this music worksheet, students answer 20 questions about an extract from "Stravinsky and the Rite of Spring." Students also write an essay discussing a given quote about the extract.
High school orchestra is a great place to play music, like The Star Spangled Banner. Upper graders create new rhythms to the old song and perform them with the class. They rehearse their updated versions of the song using their instrument of choice.
Learners study sound and how it can be created with air vibrations. In this sound lesson students experiment with different instruments to create different sounds and music.
Students discuss the Western method of teaching and learning music and compare that to the aural transmission method used around the world. They practice singing two songs using aural transmission and watch a video showing musicians learning this way.
Students discover the shape-note method of singing. In this reading and notating music lesson plan, students learn the four shapes of the shape-note method and the tradition of Sacred Harp singers. Students sing the shapes of "Yankee Doodle" and "Chester," learn to lead and keep tempo, and are introduced to harmony.
Students analyze the William Tell Overture for meter and conducting, among other musical concepts in a three-instructional activity unit. They practice conducting patterns and identify eighth and quarter notes and chord roots.
High schoolers discuss the musical genre of spirituals and its influence on our musical history. They perform various songs, and read the student score for, Down By the Riverside.
Students identify musical characteristics of baroque, jazz, and psychedelic music. They arrange traditional music into the style of baroque, jazz, and psychedelic music.
Young scholars research world culture by collaborating on a performance with their class. In this harmony lesson plan, students practice using singing techniques to accompany the voices of their classmates and create melodies from a list of different songs. Young scholars read music books and listen to sample songs from around the globe before performing their own versions.
Students discover how to write four-part harmony between two chords whose roots are a perfect fourth (or the inverted perfect fifth) apart. They identify the common tone between chords and analyze the bass movement of two chords.
Students evaluate jazz music and a jazz music performance. They collaborate and create an improvised group short story. They improvise a musical piece on found objects.
Students explore the music and dance of Mauritius. In this music lesson, students locate Mauritius on a map and listen to samples of music. Students discuss the basic elements of the music.
Students dance to music and rehearse a script about life under the sea with a King and Mermaids. In this under the sea lesson plan, students also dress up in costumes and read their script.
Students review vocabulary words and look at a piece of art work with one subject and play any or all of the familiar musical examples listed. They then identify the melody of each example and make a comparison between the art subject and the melody.
Students relate pattern and sequences to music. In this geometry lesson, students identify different scales using chromatic scales. They compare the different waves to sine waves and other trigonometric waves.
Seventh graders explore the concept of expressiveness of music during the Classical Period by assessing how the following aspects affected it: timbre, dynamics, articulation, rhythm, melody, harmony, form, tempo, and texture. They identify the parts of the Rondo form from that style period.
Students follow a set of steps to fill in four-part harmony for chords. Students further practice writing the three upper voices with a given bass note, using the methods discussed and demonstrated by the teacher.