Music History Teacher Resources
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History of African-American Music
Students are introduced to African-American music history through this instructional activity. They begin their study by taking a look at the slave work song and work their way through to modern rap and hip-hop. Students also take a closer look at significant musical figures of African American music through the ages.
K - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 41 Views 325 Downloads
Romantic and 20th Century Period Music
Upper graders explore the similarities, differences, and depth of pop music from the Romantic era and the 20th century. They listen to selections that exemplify the Baroque, Romantic, and 20th century periods, then create presentations that represent one of the three music periods.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 53 Views 150 Downloads
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.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 44 Views 154 Downloads
Introduction to Ludwig van Beethoven
"Ode to la Tortilla" and "Ode to Joy"? Sure! Use Gary Soto's poem to introduce learners to the ode format. After examining the descriptive words Soto uses, class members study a poster of Ludwig van Beethoven, suggest words that describe this mystery man, and craft their own odes of praise for the composer, all while listening to "Ode to Joy.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 25 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Music History: Part One
Students research the various music composers of the Baroque music period. They conduct Internet research, take notes about their selected composer, and write an essay that includes important information about their composer.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 39 Views 58 Downloads
Music History: Venice and Vivaldi
Venice, the birthplace of classical music and amazing composers. Discover a bit about life in Venice and the contributions of the composer, Vivaldi. Information regarding his life, his musical contributions, and a break down of his piece The Four Seasons are discussed.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 20 Downloads
Japanese Music Study
Gagaku is music traditionally played in the Japanese imperial courts of long ago. Learners listen to this and other traditional Japanese music to gain an understanding of culture and music history. They work to identify Japanese instruments and musical styles.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 13 Downloads
Country Music Mourns A Legend's Passing
Students investigate the history of country music. They explore various websites, identify the different types of country music, read about members of the Country Music Hall of Fame on their official website, and answer discussion questions.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 30 Downloads
It's Music To My Ears!
Learners use the internet to research musical periods and composers. They examine how Medieval and Renaissance instruments worked and compare how they sounded. They discover the criteria to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 90 Downloads
Style and Setting in 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.
8th Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 50 Downloads
The Impact of the Music of the Harlem Renaissance on Society
Students define the community of Harlem. They explain the growth of music in this area and identify important people who spearheaded this movement. They identify places where music grew in Harlem and establish a visual as well as an aural account of the musical history of this era.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 38 Downloads
Students research on the internet a specific areas of music history of their choosing. They then write a report consisting of at least two types of music that they researched. They are assessed by research collected and writing ability.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 30 Downloads
History of the Star Spangled Banner
We have all heard the "Star Spangled Banner" at many points in our lives, but how often do we take the time to truly understand what the words of the national anthem mean to Americans? Don't miss this opportunity to examine the lyrics and explore the history behind an important piece of national heritage with your class.
8th Social Studies & History 84 Views 61 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Connecting the Dots
Students recognize western music from a specific time period. In this music instructional activity, 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.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 21 Views 132 Downloads