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Singing: Mi, So, La
Little ones learn the tones mi, so, and la by singing an answer to a sung question. They play a name game to identify beat, then discuss songs with no beat. If there is time during this musical instruction lesson, they dance about the room as a Halloween character.
K Visual & Performing Arts 14 Views 92 Downloads
Multicultural Music: Israel
Do a grapevine to the left, lift your hands in the air, and sing out, "Hey!" These are the steps second graders will do when they sing and dance the Israeli folk song, "Achshav.” They will explore the concept of multicultural music and dance as they learn a song from the middle east.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 22 Views 64 Downloads
Grade 2: Music/Valentine's Day
Play and sing a Valentine's song with your second graders. They'll follow along allow as you demonstrate how to sing and keep a steady beat on non-pitched percussive instruments. While the music instructional activity has a Valentine theme, that theme could be changed by simply switching the song.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 36 Downloads
New Review Music
Some emotions are indescribable, but sometimes you have to try! After brainstorming adjectives that describe emotions, pupils watch a quick film, at first with no sound. Partners share their adjectives and come up with descriptions for the people in the video before watching it a second time, this time with sound.
9th - 12th Language Arts 37 Views 22 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Kotekan: A Cooperative Music Activity
Young musicians explore the rhythms and sounds of Balinese gamelan music, then create their own. They listen to several examples of gamelan music, then use their instruments to mimic the rhythms they hear. After a warm up and practice, they compose two lines of rhythm based on Kotekan Techniques.
6th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 37 Downloads
A Musical Dynamics Activity
Dynamics are elements of music that indicate how a piece is to be played or sung. Budding musicians practice musical dynamics by singing in small groups. The teacher indicates the dynamic (or how) the song is to be performed and pupils follow along, changing tone as they go.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 21 Views 140 Downloads
Music Expresses Emotion
Singing, emotion, and music are explored by the class as they think about the expressive sounds and lyrics of each song they hear. They read, play, and sing several songs taken from musical theater productions and discuss the tones, emotions, and ways each song expresses feeling.
8th Visual & Performing Arts 13 Views 58 Downloads
A Guide to Great Home Music Practice
To be the very best musician one needs to be wiling to practice at home. Here is a handy guide to give your young musicians a leading edge on home music practice. It includes a warm up, cool down, suggestions for setting goals and for improving general skills.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 46 Downloads
General Music: Grades 4 & 5
The story behind the Star Spangled Banner sets off this singing and music activity. Emergent singers study facts about Francis Scott Key and his famous song, they then discuss and practice singing the first verse paying close attention to vocal tone and song phrasing.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 20 Views 103 Downloads
New Review Musical Families
Planning a trip to the symphony? Prepare first-time attendees for the experience with overheads that identify the roles played by the concertmaster, conductor, musicians, and even the audience. The musical families are introduced and appropriate behavior is detailed.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
Play Music in a Rhythmic Manner
A big part of reading notes is knowing the counts or beats they represent. Fifth graders say, "Clap," then play the musical notes, paying close attention to the length of time each one is held or played. Sheet music for the rhythmic song is included.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 46 Downloads
Using Harmonic Vision’s Music Ace Software to Reinforce Basic Music Skills
If you have access to Harmonic Vision’s Music Ace Software, then this lesson could work for you. Kindergarteners use the video music software to place, identify, and read musical notes. They listen in and identify both high and low pitch. Tip: This could be done using a felt board staff and notes.
K Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 16 Downloads
Music: Sounds on the Farm
Singing is a great way to build memory, music, and verbal communication skills. Little ones sing the song, "Old Mac Donald had a Farm." They make the sounds of each animal on the farm paying attention to signaling cues, singing high, and singing low.
Pre-K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 119 Downloads
Arts and Culture: Music that Portrays Hardship/Suffering
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.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 17 Views 51 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 26 Downloads
Critical Process: Music Works
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.
7th Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 51 Downloads
Opera and American Musical Theatre
Sixth graders research musical styles and forms throughout history. For 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.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 39 Views 162 Downloads
Music of the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1968
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.
7th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 24 Downloads
Learning Refrain and Verse
Instruct your young musicians on the terms verse and refrain. They listen to two songs, and point out the verse and refrain as they occur. Students then play drums when they hear the verse and the refrain. Note: Song lyrics, sheet music, or audio links are not included.
1st Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 14 Downloads