Understanding that musical themes are the same even if they are played in different styles can help students understand that numbers maintain their same value even if they appear in different forms.
This integrated lesson, focusing on United States History, incorporates learning about the Wild West and the western outlaw Billy the Kid through the music of Aaron Copland. The lesson provides musical reflection and each movement of Copland’s ballet Billy the Kid work and opportunity to experience deep listening for the elements of Dynamics, Articulation, Rhythm and Tempo (DART).
Students will listen to Copland's Appalachian Spring while listening to a reading of Heartland by Diane Siebert. They will then write their own poems and create accompanying artwork.
Students will discover how the love of music connected two important figures in world history: Benjamin Franklin, an American founding father, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an Austrian composer. Additionally, students will begin to understand pitch, and how each note is calibrated to create its own unique sound.
This lesson site moves into more advanced seventh chords, their construction and inversions. Audio and visual examples are given to reinforce instruction.
Students will discover the differences in musical tempo between fast and slow. Students will learn to use the
correct musical terms to describe the tempo of each piece. Students will use streamers and their bodies to
show at what tempo each piece is played.
Students will assign an orchestral instrument to an African animal, using characteristics which
they have in common. The students will write a cinquain poem and create a poster (collage) with their
African animal as the theme.
"Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville is one of the most influential books ever written about America. While historians have viewed "Democracy" as a rich source about the age of Andrew Jackson, Tocqueville was more of a political thinker than a historian. His "new political science" offers insights into the problematic issues faced by democratic society.
This presentation goes through the following notes and rests:whole note and resthalf note and restquarter note and restbeamed eighth noteThe assessment at the end is identifying each note and rest and the number of counts each receives.
This unit affords teachers with opportunities to lead children in active singing games and
dances from Quebec, Canada. These lessons will offer young singers and players an
opportunity to listen to, discuss, sing, play games, and create.
Students will learn to recognize a five-tone scale. Students will sing or perform known American folksongs together in class. Advanced students will be able to identify all five pitches and even discern the actual pentatonic scale being used.
This lesson uses music and art in a vocabulary study of unfamiliar words from the song "America the Beautiful," increasing students' vocabulary while also increasing their knowledge of U.S. geography. A discussion to activate students' prior knowledge about sights and scenery throughout the United States is followed by a read-aloud and introduction to the song "America the Beautiful," which is then sung in each session of the lesson.
This is a demonstration analysis of an excerpt of "Auld Lang Syne", breaking down chords and their progressions along the way. Visual and auditory examples are given. Extremely useful for advancing composition students and theory students.
This lesson site gives a breakdown analysis of an excerpt of "O Canada". This is a great visual and auditory example of how analysis is performed in music theory. Great for intermediate composition students and theorists.
Students will generate descriptive language of several animals (with special focus on verbs), culminating in the writing of a poem about the animal of their choice. Use Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals as a stimulus prompt.
This fantastic case study breaks down articulation markings and types for brass instruments, and how they should be played according to some of the best brass players in the modern age. Very valuable information for advancing brass students.
This music lesson plan allows students to closely examine chamber music as it has changed from the Middle Ages to today. Students will work in small groups to research the composers, instruments and typical presentation of chamber music in five distinct time periods, and then individually write biographies of composers from their assigned era. Each group will create an interesting and informative display of their epoch and biographies, which they will present in a future class.