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This worksheet about Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird, provides information about the composer, the ballet, and the "Infernal Dance." It also includes questions about the music, as well as extension activities such as a puppet show.
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 explore Chinese instruments. In this Chinese instrument music lesson, students listen to a performance by Liu Fang and describe the sounds they hear. Students 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.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, learners respond to 14 multiple choice questions about Shakespeare's Henry V. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students study sound and how it can be created with air vibrations. In this sound lesson students experiment with different instruments to create different sounds and music.
High schoolers discuss the Western method of teaching and learning music and compare that to the aural transmission method used around the world. They practice singing two songs using aural transmission and watch a video showing musicians learning this way.
Students identify families of instruments. In this music lesson, students read Berlioz the Bear and identify the families of instruments. Students sing "Mr. Gus Goes Goofy," and listen for the sounds of the instruments.
Second graders uncover the form, timbre, and the significance of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" in the five lessons of this unit. The use of instrumentation forms the basis of the lessons.
In this worksheet about the double bass and the clarinet, students read about both instruments, then complete related activities. Worksheet includes a link to an interactive page.
Students make predictions and explore how pitch is altered in string instruments. In this acoustic science lesson plan, 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.
Students consider how Duke Ellington impacted the rise of jazz music. In this jazz music lesson plan, students listen to a lecture regarding the life and work of Ellington. Students also watch a video regarding Ellington and discuss music of the African-American genre.
Fourth graders actively participate in discussions and experiments about sound production. They use correct terminology, choosing language from the basic elements of music and science.
In this sequence worksheet, students read the short story and then select the best choice about story sequence to complete the 5 questions.
In this music appreciation worksheet, students listen to Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland. Students read about the composer and the structure and history of the piece. Students answer 6 questions about the difference between a bugle call and a fanfare and complete a maze.
In this music appreciation worksheet, students listen to "Tritsch Tratsch Polka" by Johann Strauss Jr. Students read about the composer and the history of the piece. Students answer five questions about the music.
Fourth graders study and experiment with sound production. In this sound production instructional activity, 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.
In this famous people learning exercise, students read a selection about the life of Wolfgang Mozart, then complete a variety of comprehension activities. An answer key is included.
Learners listen to a piece of music and draw the instruments they recognize. They discuss the definition of a hearing disability. Then they hold a balloon on their lap, and listen to the music again. They relate what it was like to feel the music.
Students listen to, analyze, and describe excerpts from Benjamin Britten's, 'Finale From the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra'. They listen to the entire piece, and identify the different instruments by their sound.
Eighth graders practice the conducting patterns for 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 meter, and other conducting gestures. Using score study and music vocabulary, each student selects one of the conducting patterns and conducts a piece of music containing the selected pattern.