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45 resources with the keyterm improvisation

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Rhythm and Improv, Jazz and Poetry

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Connect the ideas of jazz improvisation and art to writing poetry. Learners collaborate and write different lines of poetry, imitating the jazz styles of improvisation and freewriting. Take a close look at the poems "Tenebrae" by Yusef...
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Jazz in America

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students participate in a class discussion about jazz music, compare improvisation with regular conversion, listen to various jazz musicians and compare and contrast their individual sounds.
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Theatrical Economics

For Teachers K - 3rd
Read then role-play the characters from story of If You Give A Pig a Pancake. Young actors use improvisation and characterization to create the characters from the story. They will also write and role play original version of the story...
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An Exploration of Media Slogans

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore entertainment and promotion as forms of media.  In this improvisation lesson plan, 3rd graders examine different types of media text and role play various experiences and responses to topics such as: creation of a...
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Rhythmical Phrases and Sentences

For Teachers 7th
Get ready to write some music! First learners practice identifying and creating rhythmic phrases and sentences, then they get acquainted with the G Major scale. Finally, they compose a jingle on human rights. A well-organized music...
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Form in Gamelan Music: A Music Class Activity

For Teachers 4th - 12th
After a brief introduction to Balinese culture and Indonesian colotomic forms, the class composes an original piece. They study the tempo, melody, form and rhythm of Gamelan music and then apply those skills to an original Gamelan...
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Singing Popular Songs

For Teachers 8th
After learning a little bit about Louis Armstrong, jazz, and the elements of music, kids sing the song, "What a Wonderful World." They then discuss the nature of pop music, choose a current pop song to practice, and sing that song like a...
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A Musical Composition Experience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders having skills in music performance will extend their abilities through creative musical composition. They'll use Finale 2000 to explore facets of music composition, they'll then compose a piece for their instrument in C, F,...
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The Box

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Learners of any age can participate in this imagination and improve development activity. With the use of a small box, they work through a series of questions or situations posed by the teacher. Each group uses the box to create short...
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Jazz Exploration: A Collage Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore and experience jazz through collage. They listen to improvisational jazz, discuss the origins of jazz, then design and create a collage that shows jazz being played. This project will result in amazing works of...
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Singing: Mi, So, La

For Teachers K
Little ones learn the tones mi, so, and la by singing an answer to a sung question. They play a name game to identify beat, then discuss songs with no beat. If there is time during this musical instruction lesson, they dance about the...
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Creative Drama and Improvisation

For Teachers 4th
Spend some time exploring various components of theater such as movement, voice, staging, ensemble, improvisation, characterization, directing, technical elements, and self-concept. They perform in various improvisation exercises and...
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Characterization

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars explore character creation through personality types and character traits by creating their own character. They participate in a discussion about Greek drama masks, portray the traits on the masks, and write about an...
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Pantomime vs. Abstract Gesture

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain dance as a way to create and communicate meaning and demonstrate the difference between pantomiming and abstracting a gesture.
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Developing Empathy and Building Friendships

For Teachers 6th - 8th
This bullying prevention lesson addresses the meaning of empathy, feelings of being excluded, and friendship-building skills. While it is designated for 8th grade, some of the materials seem appropriate for 6th or 7th grade. The lesson...
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Knock, Knock, or Whose Line is it Anyway?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students compare two versions of Macbeth and participate in improvisational acting.  In this improvisational lesson, students read and discuss the text before watching two different versions of the film.  Students roleplay a scenario and...
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Improvisations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners perform improvisations in front of their classmates. They have no time to prepare. The object is spontaneity. Their roles and situations are given to them on the spot and they have to react immediately. Students imaginations...
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Drama: Three Words

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders practice dramatic acting skills, using three words - why, oh, and sorry in different contexts. Working in groups of two or three, they create scenes in which the three words are the only ones spoken and are used to convey...
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Improvising Music

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students watch "The Greatest TV Moments: Sesame Street Music A to Z" and improvise melodic and rhythmic embellishments for the song "O What A Beautiful Morning" or "Rubber Duckie."
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Lights, Camera, Action...Crossing the Delaware in 9 Scenes

For Teachers 8th
How does reading a drama differ from reading a novel? Middle schoolers become playwrights and explore these differences. After viewing the A&E movie,"The Crossing," groups create stage directions, write dialogue, and design sets and...
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Wax Museum

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Student role play as statues in a wax museum while the teacher takes the role of the curator. They stand in a static position until the curator leaves the room. They interact until the curator returns at which point they freeze. Now they...
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"Guess Who!"

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils act out storybook characters that they choose at random from a stack of teacher made index cards. They improvise a short skit that shows characteristics of the character while classmates guess who they are portraying.
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Searchin' for the Blues

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Learners perform improvisation. In this blues music instructional activity, students play chord tones within the blues twelve bar progression.  Learners utilize new pitches given four or eight measures. 
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It's All in the Name

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders evaluate choreography. In this choreography lesson, 8th graders improvise and choreograph dance moves based on a title given to them by the teacher. Students discover that a good title helps the audience interpret the...