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Young scholars explore music theory by reading children's stories in class. In this Jazz history instructional activity, students read several books about Jazz and identify the famous saxophonist Charlie Parker. Young scholars collaborate in groups and participate in a music scavenger hunt.
Students discover how to write four-part harmony between two chords whose roots are a perfect fourth (or the inverted perfect fifth) apart. They identify the common tone between chords and analyze the bass movement of two chords.
Students compose eight measures of music after they practice interpreting time/signature meter.
Students participate in a month-long project at home involving tunes they have already learned and their parents. Using easily recognized songs they know how to play with their instruments, they play a few lines to their parents, and their parents identify the song being played.
In this Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination worksheet, students listen to a passage and study a graphic and answer comprehension questions. Students then compose a letter using information from both passages.
Students describe the form, instruments, vocal techniques, scale, rhythm, and improvisation of the country blues style as expressed in "The Matchbox Blues'" by Blind Lemon Jefferson.
In this counting by ordinal numbers worksheet, students read the directions about which numbered stars to circle and circle the stars in their correct places. Students solve 12 problems.
Students follow a set of steps to fill in four-part harmony for chords. Students further practice writing the three upper voices with a given bass note, using the methods discussed and demonstrated by the teacher.
Second graders uncover the form, timbre, and the significance of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" in the five lessons of this unit. The use of instrumentation forms the basis of the lessons.
Students access a music theory program on the Internet in order to identify notes and rhythm patterns. They practice these notes and rhythm patterns before they perform. Assessment is based on each students' performance and etiquette.
Students warm up by playing rhythm and tonal patterns. They perform Pachelbel's canon and recognize written musical symbols such as cres., leggero, arco, Grandioso, allegro vivo, rall, div, poco rit, and legato. As the band performs, students correctly execute the proper dynamics and phrasing indicated in the song and follow the directions of the conductor.
Budding musicians practice keeping rhythm, playing Orff instruments, and following musical orchestration. They work as a team to play the song "Roll on, Columbia" while keeping time. There are specific instructions for each type of instrument played in the piece.
Fifth graders sing and play the song "Amazing Grace" using soprano and alto glockenspiels, soprano, alto, and bass metallophones, finger cymbals, and triangles. This general music instructional activity for the fifth grade classroom uses the Orff method.
Students explore the facets of rhythm. In this rhythm lesson, students examine beat, steady beat, and tempo as they follow the model of their instructor.
Students describe some of the distinguishing characteristics of blues music. They compare and analyze two versions of the same 12-bar blues song. They read and identify notation symbols for rhythm and tempo.
Students examine the blues, poetry, the Harlem Renaissance, and the 12-bar blues form. They watch a segment from the video, "VH1 Driven: Jamie Foxx," participate in a class discussion, and listen to songs by Ray Charles and a poem by Langston Hughes.
The song played in this lesson requires numerous pattern changes. To help learners along, they are instructed to sing each part before it is played. Each part is practiced in small groups and then as an ensemble using Orff instruments and arrangement.
The woodblock, xylophone, and metallophone are the focus of this Orff ensemble music arrangement. Kids practice playing their instruments keeping rhythm, pitch, and harmony as the focus of the lesson. They echo the teacher by patting a rhythm on their laps, then play their parts of the song, "When I Was Young."
Young scholars explain their thoughts on responsibility as it relates to commitment. In this responsibility lesson plan, students write or draw a journal entry in response to one of two quotes about commitment and success. They also write a short essay about a time when they followed through on a commitment to a positive experience.
Students create short musical compositions. In this music lesson, students use the "Doodle Pad" (a component of "Music Ace") and take turns to create short melodies. Students share their musical pieces with their classmates.