Musical Pitch Teacher Resources
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Mix it up and engage learners in a instructional activity 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 instructional activity.
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.
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.
First graders practice telling time while exploring the relationship between music with numbers. In this interdisciplinary math and music lesson, 1st graders complete a number worksheet, create their own clocks and recite a song about telling time.
Learners 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.
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Sound engineers investigate the structural design of a musical instrument, the recorder. They work in collaborative groups to choose an instrument to build out of everyday craft materials. It must be able to repeat a three-note sequence at least three times. Though the publisher designated this lesson as appropriate through high school, it may be best used with your elementary engineers or during a unit on sound waves when learning about pitch.
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.
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.
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 test people's response to different kinds of music. In this music lesson plan, students associate different cords with different feelings or moods. They then observe a video that describes different feelings related to different music. Students are then led through an experiment in the classroom to different chords and the scientific method that goes along with this process. The then conduct their own experiments.
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.
Students discover the United Nations through the use of musical examples and performance. This two day lesson requires two forty-five minute sections and delivers information about different cultures around the world. Emphasis is on singing and/or playing simple instruments to achieve state art standards.
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 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 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.
Learners play instruments and discuss how they can become employed playing music. For 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. In this musical pitch lesson plan, students visually see low, middle, and high pitches on a mountain.
Students 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.