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The famous Japanese tune, "Cherry Blooms" was composed using a pentatonic scale. Budding musicians explore the nature and theory behind the pentatonic scale as well as the East Asian music it is commonly used in. Multiple extensions are suggested for learners with musical experience, as well as adaptations for those with very little experience.
Tenth graders identify and interpret how to recognize traditional harmonic progressions such as I-V-I in writing or performance. They experience improvising simple melodic patterns based on traditional harmonic progressions. By coupling chord identification and improvisation, 10th graders learn that a certain pitch has both melodic and harmonic attributes.
Students examine the history of blues music and discover how it relates to the music of today. As a class, they listen to the drum songs of Africa and compare it to the use of drums in pop music today. Using the internet, they research the history of the blues and its early artists. To end the lesson plan, they write in their journals to reflect on the music.
Students review what they already know about music theory. In groups, they research the information more in depth and place the information on note cards. They participate in a game of basketball in which the music theory material is tested and if answered correctly, they score a basket.
Students are introduced to the concept of sight-singing involving constant intervals between solfege syllables, scales and scale tones. They practice the concept of interval scales and arpeggio patterns in a variety of keys and sing from a written format rather than aural cues.
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.
Participants analyze the key signatures to music theory. They include the following nine events: gain attention, inform learner of objective, recall prior knowledge, present material, provide guided learning, elicit performance, provide feedback, assess performance and enhance retention and transfer.