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Your second graders can become composers with a little help from the Garage Band software. You pre-select several drum, piano, and guitar loops for the groups to choose from, then they put them together following an ABA looping pattern. This lesson suggests using Orff instruments for learners to perform on as well as alternate performance ideas.
Third grade musicians play Orff instruments while they learn about the AB Form. First they learn part A of a song, then they listen to when the song changes. After they understand the concept of AB form, they learn to play part B. Note: Several songs are mentioned but not included.
First graders inquire about performing arts by conducting a musical performance in class. In this music appreciation lesson, 1st graders examine different sounds and identify their pitch, patterns and the instrument which created it. Students utilize an Orff instrument and demonstrate their knowledge of octaves by performing in class.
Playing piano is great fun and playing jazz is even better. Kids watch a video of Fats Waller playing the song, "Handful of Keys," they then use either a piano key print out or Orff instruments to practice his signature stride piano technique. Five learning activities and several web links are included.
Kids explore music, history, culture, and literature in a multi-faceted lesson plan. They discuss how both historical and cultural contexts shape music, art, and literature, and then apply these concepts as they engage in a listening activity. They hear the story Drummer Hoff and listen to a related piece of music. When they hear the character they have been assigned, they beat a unique rhythm on an Orff instrument.
First graders sing and play the song Kaeru no Uta, or the Frog Song, using Orff instruments which include soprano glockenspiels, soprano and bass marimbas, temple blocks, guiros, and bass xylophones. This lesson requires the use of the "Spotlight on Music" textbook series.
Here is a wonderful collection of lessons that focus on the music produced during the Renaissance period. Vocal music, instrumental music, and dances that were common to this era are all studied. Learners should understand the impacts that history, religion, and culture had on the art forms produced during this colorful time. Lots of opportunities to create rhythm, harmony, and melody are offered. A terrific set of plans!
The elements of music and journalistic integrity in one lesson; What could be better? The class discusses journalistic approaches to better understand responsible reporting versus sensationalism. They watch the Act One from the film Chicago stopping to discuss the part tabloid reporters play in the story. They then analyze the song "All That Jazz," looking at scale, tone, and the use of triads. Sheet music and supplemental material links are included.