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Mix it up and engage learners in a lesson on music and physical science. Using cups, strings, guitars, and voice, the class will experiment with sound vibration and frequency. They'll use each instrument and fill out a worksheet that will help them answer questions related to the way sound travels and is heard. A really neat lesson.
This lesson is intended for a music class but would be a great way to teach compare and contrast to any class. Kindergarteners dance the Hokey Pokey to four different styles of music and examine two paintings of Humpty Dumpty, then discuss the similarities and differences in the songs, dances, and art. Wonderful idea!
Students become familiar with the music of Trinidad. In this Caribbean music lesson, students listen to music from Trinidad and find it on the map. Students recognize the calypso beat and can imitate them. Students can create their own percussion instruments. Students sing songs with a calypso beat and write their own words to the beat.
Sound, vibrations, resonance, and frequency are explored as learners use music to foster scientific inquiry. They engage in three different sound experiments and follow up discussions to foster a better understanding of how musical instruments work in relation to the scientific concepts of vibration and sound frequency. Each activity is fully explained and worksheets are included.
This outstanding lesson will encourage your students to combine their knowledge of rhythm, pitch, tone and color with their imaginations to create original compositions about animals. They create a music carnival to "Peter and the Wolf" by Prokofiev, and "Carnival of the Animals" by Saint Saens. Additionally, they create animal masks for their carnival as well as classroom instruments, and are assessed throughout the duration of the carnival, being monitored and asked questions.
Here is a wonderful collection of lessons that focus on the music produced during the Renaissance period. Vocal music, instrumental music, and dances that were common to this era are all studied. Learners should understand the impacts that history, religion, and culture had on the art forms produced during this colorful time. Lots of opportunities to create rhythm, harmony, and melody are offered. A terrific set of plans!
Here is a terrific series of lessons designed to introduce preschoolers to the wonderful world of music and sound. A variety of activities are utilized to help students explore and discover elements of sound, rhythm, and dynamics in both the musical world and in the natural world. This wonderful series incorporates elements of math, science, dramatic play, and movement. A spectacular educational resource for your pre-schoolers!
Elementary and middle schoolers explore ragtime music and gain an understanding of its relation to jazz music. Youngsters become familiar with the common forms used in ragtime piano pieces, and study syncopation. This interesting lesson has many wonderful in-class activities, opportunities for learners to listen to music, and a terrific whole-class culminating activity.
Pop music and marketing are thrown into the mix to make a fun and engaging instructional activity. Learners listen to several pop songs and discuss the differences in musical style. They then get into groups and work together to decide how they are going to market each song. They need to think about the market group, marketing venues, and strategies they'll need to pitch their music marketing plan.
Explore Korean music by listening to the sounds of Korean instruments. Students will listen to two Korean songs and identify the instruments they hear, as well as the type of instruments they are (woodwind, string, or brass). They then compare the different sounds of instruments.
Play and sing a Valentine's song with your second graders. They'll follow along allow as you demonstrate how to sing and keep a steady beat on non-pitched percussive instruments. While the music lesson has a Valentine theme, that theme could be changed by simply switching the song.
Classical period music is defined by its characteristics and distinctive sound. A set of notes assists upper graders in recalling and analyzing music from the classical period based on musical terminology. An example analysis of Eine Kline Nachtmusik also helps learners along.
Young musicians explore the rhythms and sounds of Balinese gamelan music, then create their own. They listen to several examples of gamelan music, then use their instruments to mimic the rhythms they hear. After a warm up and practice, they compose two lines of rhythm based on Kotekan Techniques. These rhythms will be played in tandem with a fellow musician.
Kids compare and contrast music from the past to the present. They listen to and review the characteristics of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Pop music. Then, they discuss the differences in each and how musical icons from the past have influenced pop music of today. Two fun extensions are included.