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Students examine protest music and songs from the Civil Rights movement. In this music of the Civil Rights era instructional activity, students listen to selected music before working in groups to determine who the music was directed at, what social ills the lyrics were addressing, and what affect the music had. They write an essay using music and a primary source document.
High schoolers recognize how chromatic scales create tension and pentatonic scales create relaxation as compositional techniques used to create tonality. Also, students aurally recognize the use of mixed or alternating meter as a means of creating variety.
Students describe some of the distinguishing characteristics background rhythms used in R&B. They perform typical R&B accompaniment patterns and develop their own horn section to play background rhythms.
One of the Common Core standards requires learners to make connections between literature or media of the past and the present. Provided here, are key elements found in medieval poetry and literature that are connected to several more modern songs through examples. The troubadour of the past and Eric Clapton of today.
Fifth graders examine musical instruments used by the indigenous people of the rainforest, and analyze how music is used in their daily lives. They create a model, using natural materials, of a musical instrument used by indigenous people of the rainforest.
The students create a personal narrative on their experiences with immigration. In this instructional activity, students are asked to read and understand examples of narrative writing as well as evaluate lyrics from Ben Folds Five to determine elements of personal narration. they will be asked to identify these elements set within the immigration experience in lyrics from Bruce Springsteen. The activity is to generate their own personal narrative.
Students select a common object or a face, and draw or paint it on a flat surface making it larger than real life. They choose a common object or simple scene and repeat it horizontally or vertically as defined rows. They create a flat, two dimensional drawing or painting in the manner of the comic book.
Young scholars discuss music of other eras students discuss the influence of elements such as politics, social events, etc. on music of the time. They examine the cause and effect of musical diversity after watching a video segment: "Behind the Music."
Middle schoolers, in groups, listen carefully to the song(s) and to complete worksheet.
Students explore protest songs. In this interdisciplinary activity, students examine issues-based music by summarizing lyrics and revealing inferences, generalizations, conclusions, and points of view found in the songs.
Students identify different genres of music popular in the 1980s. They study musicians of the 1980s examples of the songs that they made popular. They utilize a worksheet imbedded in this plan to categorize the music.
Students examine the history of blues music and discover how it relates to the music of today. As a class, they listen to the drum songs of Africa and compare it to the use of drums in pop music today. Using the internet, they research the history of the blues and its early artists. To end the lesson, they write in their journals to reflect on the music.
Students recognize and clap the syncopated rhythmic beat of a rap song and identify recurring rhythmic pattern in the excerpt of "Dance of the Adolescents" from Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
Students explore syncopation and rhythm. In this music patterns lesson, students compare the syncopation of the rhythms of classical and rap music.
High schoolers explore popular music in its historical context. For this music lesson, students examine the lyrics, musicical arrangement, and video imagery of selected songs to interpret the messages and themes of the songs.
In this famous people worksheet, students read about the life of Celine Dion and complete a variety of comprehension activities including but not limited to matching, sequencing, writing and spelling activities. An answer key is included.
Pupils identify the characteristics and elements of large scale rock productions. They examine the similarities between the American Vaudeville shows and the large-scale rock theater productions of the 1970's.
Students explore Europe's comples cultural identity. Students consider if one song could represent all pop music tastes of Europe. In groups, students plan an evening of entertainment. They design posters to promote the event.
For this grammar worksheet, students complete a 3 page, 15 question multiple choice quiz on correct word use. Students complete each sentence with the correct word from 4 choices.
In this composing task worksheet, students read 2 pages of information regarding basic composition, backing rhythms, composing the melodies by ear and from the chord, and composing the chorus. Steps and tips for composing are listed in each section.