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Young scholars explore time signatures, musical rhythms and the value of various notes/rests. They practice counting beats and playing various rhythms using music theory software, worksheets, etc.
Students play Musical Jeopardy. They first make up questions over the materials covered in class. students make up a game with note cards on the board and play the game. They make more questions and other versions of the game.
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 explore music theory by reading children's stories in class. In this Jazz history lesson, students read several books about Jazz and identify the famous saxophonist Charlie Parker. Students collaborate in groups and participate in a music scavenger hunt.
Through vocal warm-ups and exercises, budding musicians will attempt to grasp the five pentatonic scales, commonly used in early American songs. They'll sing and work to identify the pitch, tone, melody, and scales being expressed in the Aaron Copland songs, "Appalachian Spring Simple Gifts" and "Fanfare for the Common Man." A list of pentatonic songs and sheet music is included.
For this counting by ordinal numbers worksheet, young scholars read the directions about which numbered stars to circle and circle the stars in their correct places. Students solve 12 problems.
Young scholars 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.
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.
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 lesson for the fifth grade classroom uses the Orff method.
Students explore the facets of rhythm. In this rhythm instructional activity, 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.
Learners 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 instructional activity 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 plan. They echo the teacher by patting a rhythm on their laps, then play their parts of the song, "When I Was Young."
Students 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.