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Camp for Composers - Activity 1
Students compose original songs in 4/4 time to learn the elements used in the formation of music: tempo, pitch, meter, rhythm, and melody. This introductory activity can be done in two 30-minute class periods.
Young scholars investigate music and what causes the pitch of a sound. In this sound properties lesson plan, students listen to a story about animals and the instinctual pitch they have in their voice and how musicians have that as well. Young scholars practice reading music and playing on a piano or xylophone to determine the change of pitch.
Reading: Military Polonaise by Chopin
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read about Frederic Chopin and his music, complete a word search, a crossword puzzle, and a listening quiz. Students write 30 questions.
A Christmas Carol
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.
Stravinsky and the Rite of Spring
For 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.
Orchestra: Focus on Rhythm and Arranging
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.
The Science of Sound
Students 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.
Music Education, Playing the Blues
This lesson enables students to gain a broader awareness of the basic blues scale and the harmonic structure of the standard blues progression. Students will be given introductory exercises on blues improvisation and will also investigate the use of bendi
The Power of Music
Students analyze and compare two songs from different periods through the Virtual Gramophone website.
Music - O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Students practice singing with correct posture. They sight read music and sing in choral harmony. Students identify the characteristics of a melody and examine the style of Southern Baptist hymns.
Engine Engine Number Nine: Music
Use this Orff orchestration for learners in the second grade. Kids line up like a train while singing the song, "Engine Engine Number Nine" and playing their Orff instruments. This musical arrangement is intended for use with sand blocks, cabasa, and cow bell.
Kaeru No Uta
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.
VH1 Goes Inside (Out) Trey and Dave Go to Africa
High schoolers 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.
A Shape-Note Singing Lesson
Students discover the shape-note method of singing. In this reading and notating music instructional activity, 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.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire Student? Music Edition
Who wants to be a millionaire? I do, and so will your students when they play this musical version of the game. This game asks students a variety of general-knowledge questions related to music style, genre, and composition. All components of the game are functional including Reggis Filbin's voice, music, and game operations.
William Tell Overture: Finale
Students analyze the William Tell Overture for meter and conducting, among other musical concepts in a three-lesson unit. They practice conducting patterns and identify eighth and quarter notes and chord roots.
Down By the Riverside
Students 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.
The History of Rock and Roll: Part 6 - My Generation - Lesson 2
Pupils identify musical characteristics of baroque, jazz, and psychedelic music. They arrange traditional music into the style of baroque, jazz, and psychedelic music.
Sing it Well!
Students 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. Students read music books and listen to sample songs from around the globe before performing their own versions.
Voice-Leading for Roots
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.