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To celebrate diversity and the purpose of Harmony Day, the class examines culturally diverse music and expression through line drawing. They discuss that all cultures produce music and that music can convey mood just like art can. As the teacher plays three very different pieces of music, the class uses crayons to draw a visual representation of how the music makes them feel. Tip: Have the class explore how each song expresses the culture that created it. 
Music appreciation lessons can use modern phenomena like "Twilight" to motivate students.
While music lyrics are often used to teach literary elements, the richness of this resource comes from the wealth of exercises, activities, and support materials provided in the packet.  Although designed for gifted learners, the activities would be great for the whole classroom, independent work, or homeschool settings. You need not be the walrus to enjoy these exercises in this magical musical tour.
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.
Sound, vibrations, resonance, and frequency are explored as learners use music to foster scientific inquiry. They engage in three different sound experiments and follow up discussions to foster a better understanding of how musical instruments work in relation to the scientific concepts of vibration and sound frequency. Each activity is fully explained and worksheets are included.
First graders develop fluency and awareness of concepts of print. In this music and language arts lesson, 1st graders identify patterns and music in singing with those found while reading. Students practice skills in guided reading groups, choral reading, echo reading, and cloze. Materials and directions are provided throughout this six week unit.
Music has the power to convey messages, concepts, and feelings. Sixth graders listen to and analyze the cultural and historical context of several spirituals and working songs sung in Africa and also during the slave period in American history. Lyrics and music instructional suggestions are included. A great lesson to integrate into any unit on slavery, the South, or American history.
Students explore how music can motivate philanthropic behavior. In this music instructional activity, students listen to the music and read the verses of "We Shall Overcome" and discuss how the lyrics demonstrate philanthropic acts.
Students, using excerpts from Mozart's 'Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Major', explore the ability of music to spark the imagination of the listener.
Fourth graders, using excerpts from Telemann's 2nd movement of the 'Recorder Suite in A Minor', examine solo works, the recorder, and the science of music.
Eighth graders investigate how historical events tie to musical periods of the past and present (setting), how larger works can contain smaller sections, how to listen for these smaller sections, how to identify major tonalities (keys) and how music vocabulary is used in the process.
Seventh graders analyze music compositions and performances. In this music criticism lesson, 7th graders study music compositions and performances. Students listen and analyze various pieces of music. Students then compose their own music pieces and review music terminology. Students listen to student performances and write sentences about the music. Students complete comparison activities for the music pieces.
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 are introduced to the concept of sound and how it is presented in the world around them. Using scientific terms, they describe the properties of sound and create their own definitions of sound, music, and noise. They demonstrate the use of various musical instruments for the class and describe how their instruments are similar and different from their classmates' instruments.
In this Louisiana musical landscape worksheet, students study 6 terms and their meanings as they pertain to music instruction to be used for further classroom activities.
Students experience the aesthetics of music and learn about freedom songs that motivated the Civil Rights activists. In this music history lesson, students learn how music can motivate and move listeners. Students then describe how sharing their musical talents can be a form of philanthropy.
Students develop listening skills through repetitive singing. They develop an appreciation of melody.
Sixth graders describe, analyze and compare music compositions and performances, their own and others. In the process, they will develop criteria to support their choices in written and verbal forms.
Fifth graders explore similarities and differences in opera and American musical theater. They explore the characteristics of both genres and create original dramatic presentations of either opera or American musical theater to share with the entire class.
Pupils listen to songs from the Civil Rights movement. They explain how the music might have inspired African-Americans to be activists in the movement. They examine how the Civil Rights movement affected the common good.