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Making Connections: Art and Music History
Two areas of the arts are addressed in this series of terrific lessons. Sixth graders look at artistic styles and create pieces of art that represent each period. The music lessons focus on the same time periods. Learners listen to, and compare works from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic time periods. This 21-page plan has everything you need embedded in it to allow you to successfully implement the lessons with your young art lovers.
People, Music and Culture
Fourth graders begin the instructional activity 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 instructional activity, they develop a new culture and another original piece of music.
West Virginia Def PB Wants You!
Students write, adapt, and compose a song related to the West Virginia State Museum. For this music lesson, students create a composition for a work of visual art. Students incorporate major and minor melodies.
Music Style -What Makes Each One Unique?
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.
Artist as Inventor
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.
Music: Visions and Emotions
Ninth graders are provided with opportunities to develop the ability to assess how elements of music are used in a work to create images or evoke emotions. They listen to examples of program music.
Music Style- What Makes Each One Unique?
Fifth graders listen to various genres of music and identify which elements of music or qualities of each genre make it unique. In this unique music style lesson, 5th graders develop and understand their own musical preferences and appreciate the musical preferences of others.
Opera and American Musical Theatre
Sixth graders research musical styles and forms throughout history. In this musical styles and forms lesson, 6th graders research the history of music by examining the similarities and differences in the form of opera and American musical theatre. Students then create their own opera or musical theatre production for their class.
To the Beat of a Different Drum
Students describe the sounds, moods and styles of two different types of music. After reading an article, they discover how a journalist uses language to describe and give feelings to the music. They review a type of music of interest to them and research its cultural resonance.
Adding Music to Oklahoma History
To better understand Oklahoma state history, learners will use a website to find a song that supports or represents aspects of Oklahoma's history. They'll write three sentences defending their choice, and then they will create single-scene tableaus with their music selection playing in the background. A very multi-sensory way to study history.
Students examine how music can influence our feelings, describe things, and create special effects.
Celebration of Mexicanos Through Music, Dance, and Art
Students participate in a variety of lessons/activities designed to teach them about Mexico. They discuss the language and the flag of Mexico. Students learn about the celebrations, family values, music and food of Mexico. The final project, a Pinata, ties together different aspects of the unit into a final celebration.
Written Report How Music Motivates
Students examine the role of music in their lives. They listen to songs from the Civil Rights movement. They explain how music effects their thinking.
People, Music, and Culture
Fourth graders sing, play, and listen to music from other cultures. In this cultural appreciation lesson plan, 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.
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.
Music Strikes a Soothing Chord
Students explore music therapy. In this health journalism lesson plan, 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.
Bringing Stories to Life
Students perform short stories with sound effects and music they've created. In this stories lesson, create effects of record from a file to complete a presented story.
In the story Suki's Kimono drums are used to show mood. Learners discuss mood in the story after they practice playing a simple 4/4 rhythm on their drums. Each group plays the rhythm using a different tempo. They listen to each other play and discuss how the tempo might change the mood. They then discuss how different cultures use drums to convey mood or ideas.
American Culture in a Musical Setting
Students discover the significance of similarities and contrasts of three separate cultures of the United States through music. They take out maps and trace the expedition of the Spanish along the coasts of Mexico and North and South America and the Caribbean Islands.
Can art be a mode of communication? You bet it can! Learners explore how colors are used to convey mood in art. First, the class listens to three very unique musical selections that convey three different moods. Then, they compare and contrast three different paintings that convey the same moods as the music. Finally, they create three music-inspired drawings that convey the moods they hear. Fantastic use of music, art, and emotional expression.