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When I Was Young
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."
Responsibility in the Final Analysis
Middle schoolers explain their thoughts on responsibility as it relates to commitment. In this responsibility lesson, 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.
Student Composers With Music Ace
Young scholars create short musical compositions. In this music activity, students use the "Doodle Pad" (a component of "Music Ace") and take turns to create short melodies. Young scholars share their musical pieces with their classmates.
A Wing and a Prayer
Fourth graders improvise missing harmony accompaniment for a soloist performing "The Star Spangled Banner." Groups select several familiar melodies that they can produce while individual students take turns improvising a new harmony part.
Simple Rhythm Activities
Students explore the concept of rhythm in music. In this music lesson, students listen to a series of claps in any rhythm and repeat the rhythm back. Students create their own clap rhythm and add stomps to the pattern.
Students experiment with sounds waves through a graphic equalizer. In this sound wave lesson plan, students are introduced to sound waves using a slinky demonstration. Then they will learn about how even a deaf person can have sound because the human body is a medium of sound waves. Then they will experiment with frequencies on a 4-band equalizer.
Lessons from Australian Storytelling
Students discuss aspects of the Australian Aboriginal culture and storytelling practices. In this storytelling lesson, students listen to stories and identify the setting of the stories. Students write their own short story with a descriptive setting.
Sixth graders become more familiar with the sounds and "moods" of musical pieces. They communicate to classmates and conduct a survey.
VH1 Road to Fame: Harry Connick Jr. - Lesson 3
Students sing a vocal improvisation on a 12-bar blues progression. After watching a video on Harry Connick Jr., students try their own scat singing on the two-measure break.
Feeling The Meters
Pupils engage in a lesson that is concerned with the concept of reading music in meters. They focus upon practicing reading odd meters while accenting the quarter note groupings without accenting the eighth note groupings as well.
Students compose their own eight measure melody in a D scale. Using a software program, they enter the half, quarter and eighth notes in the order they prefer. To end the lesson, they play their music for the class and critique their classmates.
Color That Note!
In this music notes worksheet, students identify the music notes and color the notes. Students complete 4 lines of music notes.
Draw (from a basket) your favorite activity for review
Students participate in a review activity. Place the pieces of paper in the basket and have a student draw a paper from the basket. The class reviews the activity (song, movement, etc.) listed on the piece of paper. After that activity is done, draw another piece of paper and so on!
Shifting with Grace
Students who play stringed instruments discover how to shift with ease and accuracy throughout the range of their instruments, resulting in the ability to perform orchestral and solo music at a more advanced level.
H1 Classic Presents: Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Lesson 2
Students are introduced to the various songwriting techniques of Paul McCartney. They explore and compare the basic melodic, harmonic, and lyrical tendencies of the different types of pop music.
Melodic Construction and Introduction to Notation Software
Students sing a song following along with the notes on the board. They compare it with another song and identify the elements in a melody. They work together in groups to create their own melody and share them with the class.
Students participate in activities in which they apply various techniques of melodic variation. After reviewing sheet music for the song "Marianne", they compare lines 1 & 3, then 2 & 4 and discuss the variations in the song. They continue the lesson on the computer using the program Music Ace in order to create a variation using any of the methods previously discussed.
Fifth graders sing and play the song "De Colores" in an Orff style using soprano and alto glockenspiels, alto xylophones, alto and bass marimbas, and hand drums. This lesson uses the "Spotlight on Music" textbook and is for the fifth grade General Music classroom.
Trombone - Mary Ann
Pupils practice trombone skills while playing the song "Mary Ann" in this Music lesson for the beginning trombone class. The lesson emphasizes the use of proper techniques and should be used with students who have prior knowledge of those techniques.
AllaÂ¿Â¿ En El Rancho Grande
Fifth graders practice and perform the song "AllaÂ¿Â¿ en el rancho grande", or My Ranch, using alto and bass xylophones, maracas, and claves in this fifth grade general Music lesson. Emphasis is placed on the use of the human singing voice and the Orff method.