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Fiddling with Fractions
Upper graders identify fractions in the world. They create, write, and perform rhythm patterns using their instruments. Then use an 8-measure pattern based in 4/4 meter while also problem solving equivalent fractions.
Music of the Middle East
Explore the cultural and religious influences that have shaped music in the Middle East. Classical and traditional music styles are covered in terms of instrumentation and music theory. This slide show would be appropriate for a music history or social studies class.
Rhythmical Phrases and Sentences
Get ready to write some music! First learners practice identifying and creating rhythmic phrases and sentences, then they get acquainted with the G Major scale. Finally, they compose a jingle on human rights. A well-organized music lesson, sure to inspire great songs.
Illustration # 5: Phone Number Melodies
Fourth graders create their own melodies by making up a phone number with the numbers of the C major scale (the number 9 will be played by double the C at an octave. Students are encouraged to end their piece with V, I progression in addition to the end of their melody.
Temperature and Expansion
In this chemistry worksheet, learners solve a variety of problems regarding temperature and expansion. Students focus on temperatures in the three major scales; Celsius, Fahrenheit, and Kelvin.
Students compose a simple melody using the notes of the D Major Scale. Criteria/Rubric for evaluation is provided with variations depending on skill level of students. A minimum of one forty-five minute class period is needed for this lesson.
"Chords and Improvisation"
Tenth graders recognize traditional harmonic progressions such as I-V-I in writing or performance. Students experience improvising simple melodic patterns based on traditional harmonic progressions.
Chords and Improvisation
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.
A Pentatonic Scale Activity
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.
A Guide Through the Culture of the Blues
High schoolers 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, they write in their journals to reflect on the music.
Nature and Composers
Students explore the question : How does (how has) nature and the environment influence composers? They take a field trip to a nearby water way in order to collect data to create something after they were back in the classroom.
Music Basketball Basics
Young scholars 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.
Music of My Heart
Students view and discuss the movie, Music of the Heart. They compare/contrast two versions of the song, Music of My Heart, identify characteristics of heroes, and sing the song, Music of My Heart.
Music Elements For Second Grade
Second graders are exposed to a variety of attributes of melody in seven lessons of this unit. the notation in treble clef, pitch, and the movements of the melody are presented in these lessons.
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.
Phone Number Song/ Identifying "C"/Playing the "C" scale
Learners determine that a major scale has eight notes. They write their phone number using notes of the scale. They notice the "black" keys, and that they're sharp or that they flat a note. They notice that the "black" keys are in combinations of 2's and 3's.
Percussion Lesson Plan
Students engage in a lesson that is about the beginning music theory and rhythmic notation. They write the music for a percussion ensemble that is 16 measures long. Students incorporate quarter and eight notes with rest that includes fixed percussion.
Pitch, Intonation, Harmonic Theory
Students listen to pitches and determine if they are in tune, flat or sharp. Using Aurelia computer software and playing as a band, students practice pitch theory, and play two-octave major scales. They practice and discuss how to tune instruments and improve their pitch.
Third graders incorporate two formal music lessons into the core curriculum. They study whole notes and rests, syllables of the musical scale and practice singing.
Making Key Signatures Simple
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.