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Turn the class into a percussive orchestra and let the kids take over as conductor. You'll explain a few ins and outs of what a conductor does. Then you hand over the baton and let your budding Beethovens conduct each other as they play percussive instruments. The procedure for four activities is included.
There are many new words to learn in Iza Trapani's I'm a Little Teapot, which builds on the familiar nursery rhyme. Learners are acquainted with new in-text words before listening to you read. Suggested terms are: company, mighty, orchestra, patient, and stout. Help them utilize context clues by asking kids to raise their hands when they hear one. The comprehension questions solidify meaning by prompting connections to familiar concepts. Use the graphic organizers to help visual learners.
Melody, rhythm, tempo, and dynamics; get out those recorders it's time to play music! Your class will work on playing two lion-themed pieces that exemplify two different styles, folk and waltz. They'll discuss the elements of music and the origin of each song. Next, they'll play each song, and then discuss them. The first two bars of music for each song are included.
Students observe the sounds of different brass instruments in order to understand how to create different pitches. For this musical lesson, students create a "brass" instrument from everyday household objects. The students discuss the relationship between pitch and the way their instrument is shaped.
Students explore musical pitch. In this cross curriculum musical instruments and "sound" physics lesson, students identify and describe common traits of woodwind instruments. Students research "pitch" and what causes pitch fluctuation by viewing a number of web sites. Students perform a "pitch" experiment and make an original woodwind instrument.
Young scholars explore Chinese instruments. In this Chinese instrument music instructional activity, students listen to a performance by Liu Fang and describe the sounds they hear. Young scholars classify western and Chinese instruments according to their instrument family. Students research an assigned instrument, create an original instrument with recycled materials, and perform Chinese music for the class.
Students use the story Peter and the Wolf to review story elements and identify orchestra instruments. In this orchestra identification instructional activity, students read the story and listen to the music from the story. Students use a graphic organizer to record the story elements and retell the story to a partner. Students search online for pictures of instruments and how they sound. Students write a reflection paper about the story. Students will be quizzed to see if they can aurally recognize instrume
Fourth graders study Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf." They explore the characters and the instruments that represent the characters. They create their own version of "Peter and the Wolf" for the purpose of introducing the kindergartners to the classroom instruments and developing a love for music (much like the purpose that Prokofiev wrote his).
Students discover music that was inspired by the spooky and bizarre. In this music of Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saens instructional activity, students identify elements of music and listen to the Symphonie Fantastique and Danse Macabre. Students write a short story based on their interpretation of the music and create a group mural based on their visual interpretation of the music.