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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 activity, learners listen to "Tritsch Tratsch Polka" by Johann Strauss Jr. Students read about the composer and the history of the piece. Learners answer five questions about the music.
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.
For this famous people worksheet, students read a selection about the life of Wolfgang Mozart, then complete a variety of comprehension activities. An answer key is included.
Young scholars learn the string instruments of the symphony orchestra and recognize their "relatives."
Students 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.
Students incorporate elements of photo composition and demonstrate how to upload digital pictures to the computer. They create their own instrument utilizing resources from home as well as specialized music hardware. They participate in field trip to Symphony Hall and have back stage tour of instruments.
In this graphing worksheet, 4th graders use a circle graph with information about orchestra instrument to answer 5 questions. They examine the graph to find the information needed to problem solve each answer.
While this is not a lesson, it could potentially take as long as one. This is a 73-question test to administer to those studying music. They'll need to answer questions regarding general music terminology, theory, and composition.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read an article about assisted suicide, write short answers, define vocabulary words by using context clues, find synonyms and write an opinion.
Students examine influences on the creation and development of music.
Sixth graders conduct research on a selected musical instrument. They conduct an Internet search, and create a brochure using Microsoft Publisher to present their information.
Students explore and investigate the foundation and history of jazz music. They listen to various pieces of music while creating drawings, develop a timeline of jazz history, and read and discuss biographies of famous jazz musicians.
Students, using excerpts from Mozart's 'Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Major', explore the ability of music to spark the imagination of the listener.
Third graders examine the sounds and notes for crescendos and decrescendos. They attend a concert by a symphony orchestra and when they return to the classroom they identify the crescendos and decrescendos in music they hear.
Fourth graders study the history and culture associated with Javanese Shadow Puppets and the perspective that is used during performances. They design original shadow puppets and give a shadow puppet performance using their creations.
Students identify various pieces of music that are familiar to them and define how the music made them feel. Then they select their favorite piece of music heard and the activities in which they like to do. Students also attend a concert and answer the questions posted in the lesson in the form of a critique.
Fourth graders listen to a recording of a string quartet and ask questions about what kinds of instrument they think they are listening to and describe what they think the instruments look like. Then they discuss musical ideas such as timbre, color and how it relates to each instrument. Students also play a game about the string instruments, in jeopardy style.