Musical Form Teacher Resources
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Music Form Activities
Students identify simple music forms. In this music education lesson, students identify simple forms of music and the concepts of verses and refrains. This lesson includes two activities (one for verse and one for refrain) that can be easily adapted to any grade level.
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
The Blues in the Arkansas Delta
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.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Get Your Mojo Workin': Part 1 Writing Your Very Own Blues Tune!
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.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
This Land is Your Land - Travel Posters
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.
11th Social Studies & History
Looking for a fun way for your middle schoolers to learn parts of speech? Use this instructional activity to reinforce their knowledge as they identify parts of speech in a musical form. They discuss the parts of speech already learned, listen to various songs, make a tally mark each time they hear the parts of speech in the songs, and write a journal entry.
7th - 8th English Language Arts
Exploring Musical Form through Performing, Movement, and Listening
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.
3rd Visual & Performing Arts
ABA Form in Music
Patterns happen everywhere, in music, math, and language! Fourth graders listen to the "William Tell Overture" visualizing the patterns that they hear. They then discuss and write an ABA poem that matches the ABA form found in the music they've just experienced.
4th Visual & Performing Arts
Ninth graders examine mariachi music and its different musical forms. In this music history lesson, 9th graders compare and contrast mariachi music from its beginnings to the present. Students research different aspects of the history of mariachi music in Tucson, the Southwestern U.
9th Visual & Performing Arts
Exploring Musical Form Through Performing, Movement, and Listening
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.
3rd Visual & Performing Arts
How Did Jazz Music During the 1920’s Reflect a Change of Culture for America?
Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed groups to create posters that represent the similarities and differences between the articles.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
International Jazz Day
In this International Jazz Day learning exercise, 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.
5th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts
Telephone numbers of the stars
Young scholars perform "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" on xylophones using number notation and musical phrases. In this musical math activity, students read number notation and perform a phrase on the xylophones, also developing coordination skills.
1st - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts
Post-Modernism and Mass Culture
Students examine the suggestion that the subjective experience of everyday life and sense of identity has changed in America in recent years. In this post-modernism and mass culture lesson, students engage in 4 multi-step exercises that challenge them to understand the aspects of American culture today.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History