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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.
American Music History
Students examine how history influenced American music. They view a Powerpoint presentation, listen to and analyze music, take notes on historical facts, and create and present a Powerpoint presentation to the class.
Rock Around the Map
Students research the geographical histories of various musical genres and make maps that note important places in music history. They Write geographical biographies about one of their favorite musical artists.
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.
Music History: Part One
Learners 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.
It's Music To My Ears!
Students 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.
The Impact of the Music of the Harlem Renaissance on Society
Learners 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.
Students use their practice book to complete their piano lessons. They examine the history of music and complete pages in a workbook. They create their own music by using the computer.
Right About Now… and Then
Students discuss significant figures in music history and read an article about the Smithsonian's Hip-Hop exhibit. In groups, they develop and curate an exhibition of hip-hop music and history using artifacts that represent relevant people and events.
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. An extensive link list to various music videos and audio clips is available.
Music History Unit for Sixth Grade Music
Sixth graders will be able to identify components of a period of music.They will be able to use the constructive friend process to evaluate each other. Learners will have a collection of information on the periods of music.
The Sound of Music in Kenya
Students study Kenya's culture and see how people and things can be different and similar at the same time. They create a pictograph of objects from each culture that are used in similar ways and examine a few Swahili words.
Students examine the development of ragtime music and its relation to jazz. They participate in an online Interactive timeline and read about the history of ragtime music, listen to examples of music, and in small groups create short syncopated rhythm examples of music in various meters.
A 60s Trilogy
Twelfth graders select and research one of these three events from the 1960's-the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement or the counter culture movement- and select songs that are associated with these events. They prepare outlines and give oral presenations about the selected events and songs. Students conduct interviews with people who lived during the 1960's and they ask them to recall the events and identify songs associated with those events.
History of Aaron Copland
Third graders study the history of Aaron Copland, the famous American composer. They dance to the song Hoe-Down composed by Aaron Copland.
History of African-American Music
Students are introduced to African-American music history through this lesson. 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.
Johann Sebastian Bach
In this music history activity, students read and analyze an article on Johann Sebastian Bach and then answer twelve comprehension questions about the composer.
Music History - The Romantic Period
Students chose one topic about the music of the Romantic Period to write an essay about. They research this era, take notes on the important facts, and write an essay about the topic.
I See The Rhythm : The Study of Blues and Jazz
Students gain an appreciation for various types of music. Using the music of the past, they compare it with the music of today. In groups, they research periods in which blues and jazz were most popular and write their own piece of music to perform for the class.
Songs from the Past
Students research songs from the past to learn about historical events. In this music history lesson, students conduct a survey on the Star-Spangled Banner, research the song and history on various websites, and research songs in the Library of Congress. Students select 5 songs to sing as a class. Students create another survey about historical songs, complete the survey, and then graph the information.