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Students analyze sculpture, poetry, and music to gain an understanding of historical events. In this critical thinking skills lesson, students take a closer look at African-American history as they examine "Lift Every Voice and Sing'" and The Harp. Students then write their own poems based on their analysis of the other works.
Students analyze the meaning of songs, how its music complements the lyrics, and how the meaning can evolve over time. They make a compelling presentation of a favorite song lyric and find inspiring sources for new songs in the newspaper. They explore using other songs as inspiration for new ones.
Fifth graders analyze freedom songs sung during the Civil Rights Movement. In this historical music instructional activity, 5th graders sing and understand the musical concepts within freedom songs. Students also analyze the songs' meanings and discuss personal reactions to these songs.
Doo-Wop Pop, by Roni Schotter is story that focuses on music and performing arts. Language arts activities include phonics, music, writing about dreams, poetry, and writing a letter are included in this literature guide. Furthermore there are suggestions for performance and visual arts activities including listening to songs, moving to songs, creating songs, drawing, and performing their own talent show!
Students investigate music and what causes the pitch of a sound. In this sound properties activity, 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.
First graders sing and play the song Kaeru no Uta, or the Frog Song, using Orff instruments which include soprano glockenspiels, soprano and bass marimbas, temple blocks, guiros, and bass xylophones. This lesson requires the use of the "Spotlight on Music" textbook series.
Young scholars research world culture by collaborating on a performance with their class. In this harmony lesson, 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.
Learners explore the relationship between music and mathematics. In this secondary mathematics instructional activity, students use the Internet to investigate the relationship between the Pythagorean Theorem and the harmonies of music and the relationship between Fibonacci’s Numbers and the musical scale