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Critical and Creative Expression

For Teachers 8th
Budding musicians discuss African culture and the musical term, polyphony. The lesson is broken into several tables that help identify pattern, rhythm, harmony, and melody. A question sheet is also included.
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A Musical Dynamics Activity

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Dynamics are elements of music that indicate how a piece is to be played or sung. Budding musicians practice musical dynamics by singing in small groups. The teacher indicates the dynamic (or how) the song is to be performed and pupils...
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Compose Your Own Music

For Students K - 12th
Channel the masters with an interactive music composition activity! Learners use the online tool to create their own masterpieces one measure at a time.
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Developing Writing Skills Through Japanese Folk Music

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students listen to Japanese folk songs to get inspired to create a writing piece about Japan.  In this writing lesson plan, students use primary and secondary sources to add information about Japan. 
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Writing About Informational Text: Music and the Brain

For Students 6th Standards
Even if you've never picked up a musical instrument, chances are that music has directly impacted your mental and emotional development. Sixth graders engage in a reading activity in which they read two articles on the impact of music on...
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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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Theater Arts/Creative Movement Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Here is a series of five exercises intended to bring movement, dance, and theater into the classroom. Intended for special ed classes, but appropriate for any grade, learners will pantomime, play pretend, dance, move, and create...
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Music and Math: The Genius of Beethoven

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Math will resonate with your young artists and musicians when they learn that a mathematical formula describes a musical sound that is pleasing to our ears. Beethoven uses the certainty of mathematics to convey emotion and creativity. In...
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Can Robots Be Creative?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is creativity, anyway? Check out this fascinating video on the potential for creativity from artificial intelligence. The resource provides insight into the world of computer programming and algorithms, while at the same time...
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Music in Words

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Your class can build strong, well-represented opinions about the music they hear. They listen to, and share thoughts about, a piece of classical music. Then they write a piece of music or a poem, and analyze their peers' work and their...
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Engine Engine Number Nine: Music

For Teachers 2nd
Use this Orff orchestration for learners in the second grade. Kids line up like a train while singing the song, "Engine Engine Number Nine" and playing their Orff instruments. This musical arrangement is intended for use with sand...
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Producing Beats

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Turn your classroom into a music studio as groups work together to determine why music sounds different when performed live versus a recording. After listening to some different music, each group picks a poem, creates a recording, and...
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Kinky Boots—The New Musical: Official Show Guide

For Parents 9th - 12th Standards
Drag queens in thigh-high shiny red leather boots! Welcome to Kinky Boots, the Tony Award-winning musical about a young man trying to save his family-owned shoe-making business. With an engaging story line and songs by Cyndi Lauper, the...
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Musical Poetry

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Introduce your middle and high school writers to musical poetry. They explore the six poetic devices, and locate the poetic devices in various music lyrics. Next, they choose one of the devices to teach to the class using an example they...
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Creativity Explored

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Allow your creative class to explore its artistic side. Pupils use a wide variety of mediums; paint, crayons, shoe polish, and cotton wool to create a themed art piece. You choose the theme and they create the art. Tip: Pick a theme that...
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Lesson: The Power of Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The sounds of the past echo through art and our social understanding. Will the sounds of today echo into the future? Learners discuss the cultural and social impact of music, then analyze the art on an African Drum. They develop...
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Musical Theater Performance

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Musical theater is a trifecta, requiring cast members to be actors, singers, and dancers. Help theater arts students develop these skills with a unit designed to prepare them for a staging of a musical.
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Music and Creativity in Ancient Greece

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Take a fascinating look into the many ways in which music played an absolutely integral role in the culture of ancient Greece. Rooted in ancient Greek mythology and the common medium through which all core disciplines were taught and...
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Harness Music to Enhance Writing

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Use the magic of music to engage the senses and bring new life to your writing curriculum.
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Adapting a Musical

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students transform literature into musical productions. In this integrated arts lesson plan, students discuss how musicals are written and produced. Students then select literature they are familiar with to adapt into musical productions.
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A Stomping Good Time: Using Found Instruments and Invented Rhythms to Make Beautiful Music

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students work in small groups to use everyday objects to create performances inspired by the work of STOMP. They create a system of notation to document the music and movement of a 2-minute performance.
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Jazz Dance and Music

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders write a poem. In this jazz music instructional activity, 4th graders learn about the basics of jazz dance and practice basic movements. Students learn common terminology and listen to several recordings of jazz music....
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The Phantom of the Opera: Ideas for Research and Discussion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
You could spend a full day discussing The Phantom of the Opera and not scratch the surface, but a set of lessons about the literary elements and themes of the musical production is a great start. Young thespians build upon the background...
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Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical

For Parents 6th - 12th Standards
Whether you are planning a class trip to the theater or want to engage your drama club in an inclusive production unit, a resource focused on the Broadway musical Anastasia is sure to capture young imaginations. It includes background...