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Young scholars become familiar with the music of Trinidad. In this Caribbean music instructional activity, students listen to music from Trinidad and find it on the map. Young scholars recognize the calypso beat and can imitate them. Students can create their own percussion instruments. Young scholars sing songs with a calypso beat and write their own words to the beat.
Pop music and marketing are thrown into the mix to make a fun and engaging lesson. 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.
Pupils distinguish a high pitch from a low pitch, and demonstrate high/low pitch recognition by creating contrasting movements to high and low music, and use instruments to represent the characters in The Three Little Pigs.
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.
Students investigate music and what causes the pitch of a sound.  In this sound properties lesson, students listen to a story about animals and the instinctual pitch they have in their voice and how musicians have that as well.  Students practice reading music and playing on a piano or xylophone to determine the change of pitch.
Students explore different types of musical instruments. In this musical instrument lesson, 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.
Hey Macarena! Third graders keep time while they sing a Latin Folk Song. To practice keeping a steady rhythm and singing in pitch, the class sings the Folk Song together and in a round while keeping a beat. They then learn to do the Macarana.
Little ones are led through a series of rhythmic songs and chants while they march, clap, and use their tummies as percussive instruments. They work on singing in pitch, chunking, and keeping a steady beat. 
This instructional activity 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 practice combining relative pitch and reading music. They create, read and perform music on their own as they combine music and art to the concepts of differing pitches and reading music. Each student present their creations to their classmates.
Students play instruments and discuss how they can become employed playing music. In this music lesson plan, students play music and respond to others playing music. They also discuss how they can have a career in playing music.
Students listen to low, middle, and high pitches of music and identify if they are low, middle, or high. For this musical pitch lesson plan, students visually see low, middle, and high pitches on a mountain.
Young scholars compose music with musical instruments, and write the proper notation for the songs they have created.
Students practice correct rhythms and pitches during this short lesson for the middle school instrumental class. Objectives vary depending on music used for the lesson. Students assessed through group playing in class.
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.
Second graders demonstrate keeping a steady beat to music. They sing melodic patterns and recognize the rhythm in a song. Students sing with accurate pitch and good breath support. They perform eighth, quarter, and half notes through movement.
Students sing songs from the common schools era and compare music from the common schools era and today. In this music lesson plan, students look at pictures, fill out Venn Diagrams, and listen to music.
First graders discover music appreciation by performing several songs. In this rhythm instructional activity, 1st graders listen to the classic tune "Yankee Doodle" in class and identify where the beat is and how it stays steady throughout. Students read the lyrics to "The Grand Old Duke of York" and sing along to the piece with their classmates and beat to the rhythm with drum sticks.
Learners observe the sounds of different brass instruments in order to understand how to create different pitches. In this musical lesson, students create a "brass" instrument from everyday household objects. The learners discuss the relationship between pitch and the way their instrument is shaped.
Explore Korean music by listening to the sounds of Korean instruments.  Learners 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.

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