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Young scholars identify simple music forms. In this music education lesson plan, students identify simple forms of music and the concepts of verses and refrains. This lesson plan includes two activities (one for verse and one for refrain) that can be easily adapted to any grade level.
Students examine the origins of ragtime music in American and analyze its musical form.
Students explore musical forms. In this ABC musical form lesson, students listen to "Dry Bones" and create a body to enable them to understand the ABC music form.
Second graders experience musical form (ABC) through movement by using the song "Dry Bones."
Young musicians discuss musical form found in the song, The Star Spangled Banner. They review their parts for the song then practice playing it as a group. Cross-curricular activity suggestions are included.
Students research historical and cultural factors expressed in the Tejano musical form. They analyze lyrics and instrumentation critically to arrive at insights about the form.
Students investigate a variety of sites to gather relevant information for a presentation about African American musical forms in this general Music instructional activity for middle school and high school. Resource links are provided to aid instruction.
Third graders sing, listen to and create movements for a variety of songs and pieces that have AB form and verse-refrain form. They explore the basic forms that give them the tools to analyze other music works as they progress in the music studies. Students use this information to create their own two-part music works.
Third graders sing, listen to and create movements for a variety of songs and pieces that have AB form and verse-refrain form. Classmates create movements for an unfamiliar two-part song. They practice their movements, and then perform their songs or pieces and movements for each other.
Students create a song using the form ABACADAEA. Students listen to a musical piece created by Vivaldi that is an example of this musical form. Then students use software to create their own musical forms representing this pattern.
Oh I love the blues! Here is a wonderful four page reading passage that focuses on the Delta Blues. It covers topics such as, the music's cultural influences, origin, form, terminology, and significance. A great way to integrate informational text and music class.
Students explore their own responses to sound by hearing the music as a regular part of the class structure. They develop an awareness that certain art evokes certain sounds and moods and develop an intuitive responses to the music.
For this music worksheet, students learn about the sonata form of music composition. Students read about the 3 main sections of the sonata form: exposition, development and recapitulation followed by a coda. There are no questions on the page; it is informational only.
Fourth graders create a three-part performance of a song and evaluate their own performances using criteria they developed. In this musical critique lesson, 4th graders watch a video of a professional musical performance and write evaluations for it. Students prepare and perform their own musical production and evaluate it with the criteria they developed.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the understanding of musical forms. They conduct research using a variety of resources. They listen to recordings of different types of music and use critical listening skills to recognize the forms.
Upper graders listen to the blues. They discuss blues scale, read a description of the blues, and work together to write an original piece. A lesson like this ties into American history and African-American musical contributions very well. It also promotes self-expression and creative problem solving. 
Students read a New York Times article to help them develop an understanding of the history, development, and social influence of various types of world music through the creation of music museum exhibits.
Eleventh graders compile a list of places in the United States where they have either traveled or where their relatives or friends live. They collect travel posters, brochures, postcards, and maps from their region of the United States.
In this International Jazz Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling, sequencing, scrambled sentences, writing questions, survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities on International Jazz Day.
Students perform "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" on xylophones using number notation and musical phrases. In this musical math lesson, students read number notation and perform a phrase on the xylophones, also developing coordination skills. Students practice simple math addition and sequencing of telephone numbers.

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