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Music through the Ears of Beethoven

Posted Jul 07, 2011 by Jennifer Potts

Using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, students will discover how difficult it is to compose music with a hearing loss. Children will develop an understanding of overcoming disabilities and preserving through life's struggles. Students will learn how to compose four bars of music using 4-4 time.

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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.

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3-5
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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.

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Mozart vs. Beethoven - Real Classical Composers

Posted Mar 10, 2011 by Adele Daw

This lesson is designed to help students understand that Classical music can refer to music composed during a period in music history known as the Classical Period rather than the style of all symphonic music. The students will be given a brief overview of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern Periods of music. Next, students will learn about the lives of two famous composers of the Classical Period, Beethoven and Mozart.

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3-5
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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.

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PK-2 3-5 6-8
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Washington Portrait

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Leah Nellis

This cooperative improvisation between fifth and second grade students can be planned and performed in less than one hour, but preparation for the event should include several previous experiences including viewing the famous painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze, hearing the historical details from a variety of sources, engaging in student discussions of the events surround the planning and the Battle of Trenton and identifying targeted musical concepts.

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PK-2 3-5
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Landscape in Music and Art

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Marcia Greenwood

This unit is designed to integrate the elements of landscape design and elements of music. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are asked to consider American landscapes as they learn how one musician, Aaron Copland, created music that is distinctly American - a musical American landscape. Teachers could certainly do one lesson from the unit and not the entire unit.

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Getting Inside Beethoven

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Bonnie Raines

Students will develop the ability to articulate moods and imagery in music through poetry. They will be able to do this through comparing and contrasting two pieces of Beethoven's music via language and movement. They will depict Beethoven in an art piece and learn about his life.

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FDR's New Deal Programs

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Pat Miller

Franklin Roosevelt introduced The New Deal to boost the economy that was shattered by the Wall Street Crash. Students will research the acts and agencies that were to help restore prosperity through expansive government intervention in the economy. Music integration will be in the following components: classical music for the video, poster of the biography of the composer and why he wrote the piece; and analysis of why students choose the classical piece for their video.

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War of 1812

Posted Aug 16, 2009 by Cassandra Schlievert

Students deepen their understanding of the political and emotional events of the War of 1812 through the music of Tchaikovsky.  Students will learn how different instruments are used for expressing a mood and illustrating events in history.  Students will write a response to the music that informs about their own understanding of both the instrumentation and the important events of history.

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