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Little ones learn the tones mi, so, and la by singing an answer to a sung question. They play a name game to identify beat, then discuss songs with no beat. If there is time during this musical instruction lesson, they dance about the room as a Halloween character.
Does music unite or divide Americans? How does music reflect and influence American culture? After journaling an initial response to these central questions, groups examine primary source documents, listen and respond to a wide range of music, and the whole class engages in a “Public Issues Discussion” or SAC. The exercise concludes with individuals crafting an essay in which they argue that music has united or divided American culture.
Use the magic of music to engage the senses and bring new life to your writing curriculum.
Your class can build strong, well-represented opinions about the music they hear. They listen to, and share thoughts about, a piece of classical music. Then they write a piece of music or a poem, and analyze their peers' work and their own creative processes. Extra web links, interdisciplinary connections, and extension activities are all included.
Students experience scarcity in a game of musical chairs. In this scarcity and economics lesson, students read Monster Musical Chairs, then the class discusses wants, needs, and scarcity in relation to their own experiences. The class plays musical chairs as a comparison to how you can have wants that aren't fulfilled due to scarcity.
Learners compose short compositions using Doodle Pad. In this Musical composition lesson, students a clef and note lines to prior knowledge of the treble clef and note lines to write short songs on the computer. Learners use Music Ace software (the Doodle Pad component) to complete their compositions.
Music aficionados classify pop music into by musical genres or styles. They evaluate the positive and negatives of collaborative performances, view segments of VH1's "Save the Music" concert, and discuss the difficulties of categorizing modern music. Web links and a pop music chart are included.
Fifth graders research ancient Chinese culture. In this Chinese culture lesson, 5th graders examine ancient Chinese culture through the use of music. Students use primary and secondary sources to locate information about ancient Chinese culture.
Students examine how aspects of Native American and American folk music are alike and different. They contrast both forms of music and engage in many activities to identify or explain how music fulfills a variety of purposes.
In this music worksheet, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about music and instruments. Students complete 4 questions total to get their merit badge.
Students complete a unit of lessons on a variety of types of American music. They record their impressions of music samples on a worksheet, identify types of instruments, and choose a musical selection for their family to respond to.
Students explore different types of musical instruments. In this musical instrument instructional activity, students create a replica of a sheng. Students utilize this instrument to understand different types of breathing used in different sounds. Students create a musical composition.
Each of the three dance lessons included here will get your class moving. The first lesson allows learners to explore how music and movement differ in meaning depending on cultural context. Lesson two gives them an opportunity to create their own simple dances. Finally, lesson three has them apply dance principles and vocabulary to each movement they make.
Students examine artwork by Thomas Hart Benton. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students analyze the painting The Sources of Country Music, listen to folk music, and examine how recording technology and the movies shaped the images of country style music.
Young scholars assess the impact of music to portray emotions and tell stories. Examples are taken from the life of Rosa Parks and a piece of band music called "A Movement for Rosa". Evaluation is accomplished through in-class participation and individual writing. This is a cross curricular lesson.
Kids explore music, history, culture, and literature in a multi-faceted lesson plan. They discuss how both historical and cultural contexts shape music, art, and literature, and then apply these concepts as they engage in a listening activity. They hear the story Drummer Hoff and listen to a related piece of music. When they hear the character they have been assigned, they beat a unique rhythm on an Orff instrument.
Who needs music teachers? Kids in grade K-12, that's who. Learners examine the effect music programs have in high needs or urban schools. They view video clips depicting a variety of case studies where urban Los Angeles schools increased college attendance and decreased drop out rates through intense music education. Great for learners and school administrators alike.
The phrase, "You sold out" has been thrown around among musicians that have lent their talents to the corporate world. Here, the class engages in an interesting discussion on how musicians make a living and the influence of commercialism and marketing in today's society. They then research how musicians lived in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and come back to discuss how the music business has changed.
What type of music is best to listen to while learning? In a short writing prompt, learners must determine if a scenario involving listening to music while memorizing material is an experiment or an observational study. The prompt also asks learners to explain the importance of randomization in an experiment.
Students discuss the type of music they listen to and discuss a set of music related words put on the board by the teacher. In this music lesson plan, students work in pairs to discuss words and complete an activity asking questions of classmates who will say yes to a series of questions about music. Students discuss picture prompts of musical instruments and artists and their talent. Extension suggestions are given.