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Students explore the classical music excerpt, 'Sunrise,' by Maurice Ravel. They listen to the excerpt, analyze the musical piece, participate in a visualization, and create an illustration of the sunrise depicted in the music.
Fourth graders sing, play, and listen to music from other cultures. In this cultural appreciation lesson, 4th graders compare and contrast the music of other cultures. As a culminating activity, students invent their own culture, define their culture's parameters for musical expression and compose a piece of music for their culture.
Fifth graders listen to various genres of music and identify which elements of music or qualities of each genre make it unique.  For this unique music style lesson, 5th graders develop and understand their own musical preferences and appreciate the musical preferences of others.  
Students explore music therapy. In this health journalism lesson, students read the USA Today article titled "Music Strikes a Soothing Cord", respond to discussion questions regarding the article, and complete an activity based on the content of the article.
Fifth graders listen to various genres of music and identify which elements of music or qualities of each genre make it unique. They also learn appropriate audience responses to performances of various music genres.
Students observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Students view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
Fourth graders begin the lesson by listening and singing along to various songs from different cultures. In groups, they research the ways different groups have used music to express themselves and compare and contrast them in an organizer. They work together to create their own piece of music that represents their own culture. To end the lesson, they develop a new culture and another original piece of music.
Students explore the work of Paul Dresher. In this musical arts activity, students watch a video segment about musician Paul Dresher and study the acoustic and electronic instruments and music he has invented during his career.
Students study the work of David Grisman and American blue grass music. In this blue grass music lesson plan, students research the origins of this music genre, and then participate in activities including researching oral traditions, play tunes, and writing their own music.
Students study the ideas of free jazz and improvisation. In this music analysis lesson, students read about the Rova Saxophone Quartet and learn about the art of improvisation. Students discuss and practice the methodology to the music technique.
Sixth graders explore mood through music, art and literature. In this comparative analysis lesson, 6th graders analyze how mood can be expressed through music, visual art, and literature. As assessment, students must write a descriptive paragraph about the mood of a piece of art or music.
Sixth graders participate in a lesson that examines how art, music, and literature can create a mood. Once the concept of mood is understood, they produce a piece of writing that reflects upon a work of art and how it creates a mood.
Students convey the concept that music expresses different moods. Using paint, students draw various artistic elements that convey the mood of a piece of music they hear in class. They complete an analysis of classical paintings and how they reflect the mood of the time.
Students explore the Vietnam War in music. In this Vietnam lesson, students listen to and analyze popular music from the Vietnam era in order to understand the use of propaganda regarding the controversial war. Students develop questions for interviews with grown-ups who remember the war.
Students recognize western music from a specific time period. In this music lesson, students become familiar with the works of composers of the time period they are studying and create a timeline of the composers works. Students can identify characteristics of that composers work.
There are some good ideas for dance warm ups, cool downs, and movement activities, but the focus is a bit odd. The class discusses that differently abled people like to dance too. Pupils feel what it's like for deaf or blind people to dance. They then discuss gender in rock music. The intent is good, but the lesson could be better if it was presented in a different manner. 
Students read an article from USA Today about technology and the music business. In this news article lesson, students read an article about failed musicians and their new roles in music and technology. Students discuss the article and then complete an activity about TV commercials with background music.
Students write, adapt, and compose a song related to the West Virginia State Museum.  In this music activity, students create a composition for a work of  visual art. Students incorporate major and minor melodies.
Students explore their own responses to sound by hearing the music as a regular part of the class structure. They develop an awareness that certain art evokes certain sounds and moods and develop an intuitive responses to the music.
Students watch a video showing Sesame Street's featured musical guest stars and discuss what kind of moods and emotions are elicited in the songs. They discuss what songs evoke different emotions in their life.

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