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The Lion and More
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.
Folk Songs, Instruments of the Orchestra
Second graders study Folk Songs and instruments of the orchestra in these lessons. They recognize the difference between folk songs and classical music.
Trey and Dave go to Africa: Music
Trey from Phish and Dave from the Dave Mathews Band took a trip to Africa to explore music, culture, and history. Your class watches this episode from VH1's Music Studio to understand how African culture and music have influenced modern American artists. Background information on Senegal, the musicians, web links, and critical-thinking questions accent this well-thought-out lesson that blends pop culture, social studies, and music.
Investigating Brass Instruments and Pitch
Students 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 students discuss the relationship between pitch and the way their instrument is shaped.
Lesson Ideas for Any Music
Music is a wonderful tool you can add to enhance the learning process for every subject. Here is a list of music selections that are categorized by subject, along with some neat teaching suggestions. You'll find songs suited to everything from science to social studies!
Peter Presents It All
Students use the story Peter and the Wolf to review story elements and identify orchestra instruments. In this orchestra identification lesson, 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
Playing With Your Food
Students discover about the form and function of traditional musical instruments, then use this knowledge to create non-traditional instruments that replicate the sounds of traditional instruments. They use vegetables to create their instruments!
String Instruments and Pitch
Students investigate the pitch of a string instrument. In this music lesson, students use rubber bands to investigate how the pitch is created in an instrument. Students create their own string instruments as an assessment.
Music Conducting: Classroom Activities
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.
Rhythm, Math, Rhythm
Students play instruments in math class to learn the interconnectedness between math and music. In this math lesson, students subdivide a piece of music, clapping rhythms and charting rhythm patterns in the song. A guided discussion concludes the lesson.
Introduce Vocabulary: I'm a Little Teapot (Trapani)
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.
Duking It Out
Students read and discuss 'Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: Mixing Treasures by Duke Ellington and Edvard Grieg,' exploring how jazz transformed European music and the influence jazz has had on modern music. They write musical reviews.
Requiem "The Song of the Murdered Jewish People"
Music and poetry are vehicles that can tell many stories. Learners read the poem "The Song of the Murdered Jewish People" by Itzhak Katzenelson, then listen to the requiem it inspired; composed by Zlata Razdolina. Excellent background information provides the basis for a meaningful look at the portrayal of life and death through art.
For this music worksheet set, students read about music, orchestras, and Christmas during the Victorian era. They discuss Victorian music halls, read examples of street music, list the parts of an orchestra, and compose an original Christmas carol.
Percussion Instruments and Pitch
Students explore percussion instruments. In this music lesson, students use water bottles, water, and spoons to create percussion sounds and to identify the change in pitch.
Percussion Instruments and Pitch
Students play string instruments to discover how the pitch changes on various string instruments. In this pitch lesson, students listen to video clips and play an online music game. Students become familiar with music vocabulary.
Woodwind Instruments and Pitch
Students explore musical pitch. In this cross curriculum musical instruments and "sound" physics instructional activity, 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.
Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf"
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).
GCSE Notes 2000: Classical Music
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.
Students discover music that was inspired by the spooky and bizarre. In this music of Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saens lesson, 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.