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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.  In this unique music style lesson, 5th graders develop and understand their own musical preferences and appreciate the musical preferences of others.  
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.
Young scholars identify the various emotions created by different types of music. They Identify role of music in creating various emotions for film and television . They observe and practice various ways of playing percussion instruments. They observe how music can change the meaning of images.
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.
Students explore music therapy. In this health journalism instructional activity, 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.
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.
Students explore the work of Paul Dresher. In this musical arts lesson, students watch a video segment about musician Paul Dresher and study the acoustic and electronic instruments and music he has invented during his career.
If you have Microsoft's Photo Story 3 or Macintosh's iMovie software, you can use it to teach about tone and mood. First, display the positive images listed with calm, classical music in the background. Then, with the same music, show harsher images. Ask your class what they feel the difference in tone is. Using digital cameras, learners work in groups and take pictures based on an assigned tone. The photos are put together in presentation on Photo Story or iMovie to visually portray tone.
Students study the ideas of free jazz and improvisation. In this music analysis instructional activity, students read about the Rova Saxophone Quartet and learn about the art of improvisation. Students discuss and practice the methodology to the music technique.
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 create jingles and commercials for local businesses. Students compose, record and notate music, lyrics and spoken text according to guidelines provided by local business owners.
Young scholars write, adapt, and compose a song related to the West Virginia State Museum.  In this music instructional activity, students create a composition for a work of  visual art. Young scholars incorporate major and minor melodies.
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.
Students study classical music and learn about competitions as well as musical careers. In this music study lesson, students read about the Klein String Competition and the importance of competitions in shaping musical careers. Students listen to classical music pieces and analyze the pieces. Students review music terminology, research the history of the violin family, and write a short report about the topic.
Students discover how energy flows through communities because of the relationship between producers, consumers and decomposers. Examining various ecosystems, they identify the materials that cycle continuously through them. They label the major biomes of the Earth and discover their characteristics.
Eighth graders investigate how a composer (one who writes music) is similar to an author (one who "composes" literature), and to an artist (one who creates a visual "composition").
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.
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.
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.

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