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Sixth graders examine the basic elements of an opera in a three part instructional activity. Part one includes listening to opera excerpts and analyzing the excerpts in writing; part 2 includes recognizing the elements of a quatrain, identifying and creating rhyme schemes, and writing their own quatrains based on Greek or Roman myths. The unit is culminated in part three where students compose and perform an opera based on a Greek or Roman literary source.
Students encounter and study "Mambo" from "West Side Story," by Leonard Bernstein. They practice utilizing musical elements (instrumentation, tempo, and dynamics) to create a certain mood for a scene with music. Each student interprets or imitate various experiences through pantomime, dramatization, role playing, etc.
Students explore Western and Chinese instruments. In this cross-curricular music and history instructional activity, students identify and classify instruments. Students view websites that include Chinese cultural history, and write a paragraph based on research done. Students create an instrument using recycled materials.
Students discuss the structure of the musical film "The Bolero." In this film arts lesson, students watch "The Bolero" before participating in discussion questions and watching a second performance of the same musical. Included in this learning guide is helpful background information about the composer and the composition.
Students make predictions and explore how pitch is altered in string instruments. In this acoustic science lesson, students learn the types and parts of string instruments and create their own. They listen to classical music and identify the instruments. Students experiment with the pitch of homemade string instruments using rubber bands.
Fourth graders study and experiment with sound production. In this sound production lesson, 4th graders discuss sound and vibrations. Students write a paragraph explaining how music is made. Students make a homemade instrument and identify groups of instruments. Students experiment with their voices and listen to sample voice recordings. Students study various instruments and their sounds.
Students investigate the different instruments in a symphonic orchestra. They discuss the music of William Grant Still. Students identify instrument families and individual instruments. They see, hear, and touch instruments used in William Grant Still's compositions. Students will instrumentally