Unit Plan

Composers in Music History

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What do Johann Sebastian Bach and Miles Davis have in common? Much more than class members might imagine. The comparison of these two famous composers is just one lesson in a unit that investigates many facets of the music industry including careers in the music business and copyright issues. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members research a favorite historical composer and present parallels to a modern one
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires considerable prep time to collect and prepare materials
  • Appropriate for high school and higher level music classes
  • The 57-page packet includes detailed plans for each lesson, teaching strategies, reading passages, graphic organizers, answer keys, and directions for creating an arts portfolio
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