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Teacher reads aloud to the students the material that is printed in boldface type inside the boxes. Information in regular type inside the boxes and all information outside the boxes should not be read to the students. Possible student responses are included in parentheses after the questions.
What ultimately influences a musician's creations? Is it the time in which he/she lives, his/her personal experiences, the music of the time and previous times, or the image the artist hopes to convey? This instructional activity explores these questions by looking at th
Music aficionados classify pop music into by musical genres or styles. They evaluate the positive and negatives of collaborative performances, view segments of VH1's "Save the Music" concert, and discuss the difficulties of categorizing modern music. Web links and a pop music chart are included.
"People Everyday" offers class members an opportunity to develop their literacy analysis skills and to develop media literacy. Guided by an included list of discussion questions, groups examaine the word choice, literary devices used, and consider the themes developed. They then contrast the first track of the song with a second included on the 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Day in the Life of . . . album. Following this pattern, the groups select and analyze a song of their choice. As an extension activity, the class contrasts Arrested Development's 1990's song with Sly and the Family Stone's 1960's "Everyday People." Because of language, be sure and preview the lyrics before deciding whether the resource is appropriate for your class.
Explore the characteristics of four very different musical styles. Your class will consider the rhythm, pitch, voice, and timber of each style. They'll practice reading musical notation, identifying elements of music theory, while researching Musicals, Kwaito, Soukous, and folk music.
Only boys like Rock n' Roll. That's not so! Eighth graders consider the origin of rock music as well as some associated stereotypes. They discuss who listens to rock music, when it originated, and then they analyze some current pop lyrics. Great teaching notes are included.
In small groups and then as a class, young musicians compare and contrast two pieces from the musical film Chicago. They pair up to look at the elements that make each piece similar and define the elements or arrangements that make them different. They use their understanding of music to compose a new version of one of the songs.
There are a number of activities here that look at representing data in different ways. One activity, has young data analysts conduct a class survey regarding a new radio station, summarize a data set, and use central tendencies to evaluate their collected data. Other activities consider bar graphs, histograms, and circle graphs.