America

Duke Ellington and the Nutcracker Suite

Posted Jun 07, 2011 by Heidi Aarts Michels

Students will be introduced to the great jazz composer and band leader, Duke Ellington by listening to his re-composed, re-orchestrated version of Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, following a previously taught thematic lesson about Tchaikovsky's classic. Students use there prior knowledge of musical concepts and the instrumentation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite  to recognize similar melodies in Ellington's work to that of Tchaikovsky. Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.1MB)

 
 

Introduction to American Colonial Music and Dance

Posted May 06, 2011 by Helen Patten

Students examine the role of music and dance in the lives of early colonists. Students will begin to learn the steps to the Virginia Reel without any music. The dance is performed to many tunes. After listening to several selections, students discuss and choose one tune to which they will dance during the Fifth Grade Colonial Days Celebration. The discussion should show students' understanding of colonial life and culture and influences that shaped it.

Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.1MB)
GRADE LEVEL
3-5
SUBJECT
Social Science
COMMENTS
0
 
 
 

Comparing the Sounds of the North and South

Posted May 05, 2011 by Dolores Lopez

Students will listen to Civil War era music composed by nineteenth century composers from the North and from the South. The objective of this lesson will be for students to practice forming sentences which compare ideas using correlative conjunctions, coordinating conjunctions, and/or specialized prepositions (during, while, from, to). Students will describe both pieces of music. The teacher will create a Venn diagram using the students' descriptions. Students will connect ideas using sentence frames provided by the teacher.

Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.3MB)
GRADE LEVEL
All Levels
COMMENTS
0
 
 
 

Biographical Slideshows

Posted May 05, 2011 by Sarah Fix

Students develop reading fluency and comprehension in nonfiction text as they learn about the period of time from post-Civil War to the 1930s. Students take notes and complete a finished project in the form of a slideshow to create art work, import pictures, and type text about the person they studied and music from a composer who lived during the same time period. The finished slideshow shares information and pictures about the person they studied, has transitions, and music from a famous composer.

Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.3MB)
GRADE LEVEL
3-5
COMMENTS
0
 
 
 

Aaron Copland in the Heartland

Posted May 03, 2011 by Laura Knapp

Students will listen to Copland's Appalachian Spring while listening to a reading of Heartland by Diane Siebert. They will listen for sensory details in both the music and the literature. Students will then write their own poems and create a watercolor.

Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.1MB)
GRADE LEVEL
3-5
COMMENTS
0
 
 
 

Going West

Posted Apr 26, 2011 by Jennifer Potts

Students will study the pioneer life through the sounds of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring. After gaining knowledge of the pioneer's daily life, struggles, and hardships, students will collaborate to create a pioneer scene using modeling clay. Students will use the flip cameras to capture a Claymation® video of the pioneer life incorporating Appalachian Spring as background music, as they learn about the trials and hardships of pioneer life as they moved west into a new frontier.

Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.1MB)
GRADE LEVEL
PK-2
COMMENTS
0
 
 
 

Aaron Copland Meets the Old West

Posted Apr 25, 2011 by Maria Cruz

Students will develop the skill to write more expressively using descriptive words and phrases such as adjectives, adverbs, metaphors and similes in order to make their writing come alive, and be more visual and engaging.

Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.1MB)
 
 

Composing the Canyon

Posted Apr 09, 2011 by Sara Stahl

In the years following World War I, American composers like Ferde Grofé (1892 – 1972) sought new models of composition to authentically capture the American musical identity. The Grand Canyon Suite (1931) by Grofé reflects a strain of American composition in the 1930's where orchestral works depicted scenes of American life in a modern world. Inspired by the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, Grofé paints a musical impression of a day in the canyon for the listener, translating the beauty of nature into a tangible art form.

Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.3MB)
 
 

Ragtime with Scott Joplin

Posted Mar 09, 2011 by Dana McBurney

This lesson was created for primary age students but can easily be adapted into an intermediate or middle school social studies lesson. Students will explore a period of time when African Americans were striving to make their mark on American music. Ragtime music will be experienced through listening to classics, observing performances, researching the life of Scott Joplin, learning dances, and wearing self-made costumes of the era. They will reflect on the Ragtime music, the struggle of African Americans, and the life skills of successful people who persevere.

Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.2MB)
GRADE LEVEL
PK-2 3-5 6-8
COMMENTS
0
 
 
 

Spirituals during Slavery

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Jordan Stephens

In this lesson, students are introduced to spirituals - songs created and sang by enslaved African Americans for many reasons including: expressing values, a source of inspiration and motivation, an expression of protest and coded communication. Students will listen to spirituals and sing a spiritual, then identify characteristics of spirituals. Students will decode a spiritual.

Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.1MB)
GRADE LEVEL
PK-2 3-5
COMMENTS
0
 
 
 
Syndicate content