The four styles of music within the Mexican culture are the backdrop for this lesson which provides students an opportunity to create percussion instruments and recognize the difference while playing each style. Lucha Libre masks are also part of the culture and students gain a deeper understanding of it by creating their own masks.
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.
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.
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.
Copland, an American maverick, becomes a storyteller as he writes about life in the early years of America. His Appalachian Spring helps students understand how people, places and things change over time, while his musical sketch reinforces the six traits of writing.
It’s a Fanfare! Almost every student has heard the fanfare at the beginning of an MGM production. Students will understand the basic elements of a fanfare, and the significant role fanfares have played in history as a means of communicating information and emotion
Why do two composers from the same period of history compose different music? Students will gain an understanding of how culture and history influences music as they analyze and compare the music of Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington, and learn how these composers used special sounds to enhance their music.
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 shows students where rock music really began! Students will create musical instruments with objects from nature. Using their created instruments, students compose and perform a musical arrangement, while making connects with their knowledge of life during the Stone Age.
Students will gain an understanding of music’s relationship to the American, French and Russian revolutions. Students will also gain knowledge that music has changed over the last 200 years as a result of a musical revolution.