Native American Instruments and Nature

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Andrea Crisp

Students will understand the relationship with nature reflected in Native American music.  Students will understand that instruments have different voices that reflect these relationships.

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Looking at Music Through the Six Traits Lens

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Rebecca Cardon

This lesson provides students an opportunity to use classical music to deepen their understanding of the Six Traits of Writing.  Through listening and responding to music, the students make associations and draw conclusions that contribute to their ability to produce strong writing.

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Beethoven's Thoughts

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Sherry Matic

Students write a descriptive essay explaining their thoughts and feelings while listening to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, learning how to describe the musical elements that cause them to feel this way, and transpose these feelings into a watercolor art piece.  The students will present their essay and art work orally, and act out their responses during a physical education exercise.

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Music Reflects History

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Anita Ullner

Music can help us learn about history!  This lesson demonstrates to your students how music of the Baroque period reflects the importance of the institutions of State and Church, and the influence both had on the work of each composer.

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Mr. Lincoln Through the Eyes of Aaron Copland

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Jill Humrich

Learning about this nation’s twelfth president is fun when we combine music, writing, and performing to your lessons. Mix together a little Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, with historical facts and opinions, books, videos and even the Gettysburg Address. Your students will astound you as they create a class performance piece using their words, accompanied by Mr. Copland’s composition.

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Dear Mr. Copland and Mr. Ellington

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Sonja Rivera

After gaining familiarity with the lives and music of Copland and Ellington, students write each a formal letter expressing how culture is reflected in music.  Students create a bio-poem about the composer’s life and music.

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Which Instrument Are You?

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Bonnie Redfern

To accomplish goals, members of families must cooperate, just as members of the orchestra must cooperate to create beautiful music. Similarly, students in a classroom have similar constructs; everyone must do their best for themselves as well as for the good of the whole.  This lesson helps students understand that an orchestra, a family and a classroom must work together to accomplish great things.

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Meet the Families

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Emry Gensler Hromec Wojcik

Every orchestra is made up of families – four to be exact.  This lesson invites you to meet these wonderfully diverse familes and the members who make up the voice we hear at the symphony.

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