Communication: Learning the Basics through Music

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Susan Power

This lesson introduces basic communication skills by asking the following questions: What does communication mean? What do good communicators do? Selections from Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland and Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns will help us define musical terms and discover the answers to our questions. Following this lesson, students will have a better understanding of the definition of communication and the different aspects included in the definition.

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A Walk Back In Time with Copland

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Lisa Cochrane

The lesson helps the students learn to compare and contrast their current life with the past. It is designed to help them learn to more thoughtfully listen to a composer's piece and write a descriptive paragraph of their interpretation.

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A Symphony Experience in Watercolor

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Carolyn Roberts

This lesson was designed for a 4th grade class, but is interesting and easy to adapt and use with all grade levels. The purpose of this lesson is for the students to paint their impression in watercolor of one of the experiences, following a performance of a symphony orchestra.

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Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring: A Myth is Born

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Gail Claus

This lesson will contrast Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring (classical) and Stephane Furic's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (jazz), and the role the poems Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman and The Bridge by Hart Crane, bring to the music.

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Aaron Copland: Billy the Kid

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Gail Claus

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).

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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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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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The American Five - Pentatonic scales in early American melodies

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Mike Ogdon

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.

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Instrument and Visual Appreciation of Art

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Kathy Smith

Students will learn to appreciate the beauty of the instruments in an orchestra, differentiate the sounds created by the instruments and relate the music to artwork Los Tres Musicos by Pablo Picasso, and the following exhibits at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum: The Guitar: Art, Artists and Artisans; The Power of Music - Photographic Portraits of Americans and their Musical Instruments 1860-1915.

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Effects of Consonance and Dissonance on Heart Rate

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Katie Warke, Kim Dodds

Students will listen to selections from musical compositions by Aaron Copland and Charles Ives. They will take their pulse after each piece and record the data in an Excel spreadsheet. Students will use a graphic organizer to record reactions to each piece. This will be used to illustrate the concept of consonance and dissonance. They will then use Excel to create one graph showing their pulse for each piece and another graph comparing their pulse to the class average for each piece.

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3-5 6-8
Math, Technology
Copland, Ives
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