Students understand the relationships between whole, halves, and quarters, and internalize the relationships between the parts through interaction with musical notation and rhythm. Additionally, students will apply abstract thinking skills to process, read and create musical notations and compositions using their knowledge of fractions.
Through reading the story Freddy the Frog and the Thump in the Night by Sharon Burch, students will discover how to read music notes in the treble clef and then will learn to perform simple songs on xylophones.
Students will have made visual and numerical representations of change by making aural observations of the musical dynamics of a recorded excerpt from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, first movement. They will record the data in a bar graph and make observations about the changes and effects, which they may apply as a storytelling device.
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.
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.
Students will discuss emotion words. They will look up synonyms for emotion words. They will then listen to the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and discuss the emotions they hear. Discussion about instrument families and dynamics will take place to help students decide why the song gives certain emotions. After several times listening to the music students will create a graph of the emotions they hear in the music.
Students will become familiar with the value of each musical note from a whole note to a 16th note and be able to write out their value in terms of fractions, decimals and percents. They will convert between fractions, decimals and percents and be able to state the relationship between them.
This lesson is designed to teach positional, directional and spatial skills, social skills, large motor skills, creative skills, and oral vocabulary using the "Aquarium" movement from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint- Saëns. The lesson is designed specifically to teach early childhood developmentally delayed students but can the challenge can easily be increased to make it appropriate for older grades or ELL classes.
Students will understand the relationship between musical notes and fractional parts. They will become familiar with the concept of equivalent fractions. They will understand the importance of finding common denominators prior to adding fractions.
This lesson utilizes Classical and Disco music to teach about Beethoven's life while integrating many language arts standards at the same time. Music, art, and math were also incorporated into the theme unit. The main objective of this unit is to teach fact and opinion. There is no right or wrong answer to what makes music, music. It's a matter of opinion.