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Students explore the facets of rhythm. In this rhythm lesson plan, 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."
Middle schoolers 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. For 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.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
High schoolers 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.
Students 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.
In this music notes worksheet, learners identify the music notes and color the notes. Students complete 4 lines of music notes.
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!
In this ordering numbers learning exercise, students circle the second rabbit and underline the fourth. Students then circle the fifth squirrel and underline the third. Students circle the third skunk and underline the second. Finally, students circle the fourth duck and underline the first.
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.
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.