Characteristics of Musical Genres Teacher Resources

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Music Around the State: Sound and Place

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars identify and interpret the styles and elements of music in three major folk regions of Louisiana within specific traditional music genres. Then they hear the diversity of music in the state and identify the major genres...
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Music from Across America

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students complete a unit of lessons on a variety of types of American music. They record their impressions of music samples on a worksheet, identify types of instruments, and choose a musical selection for their family to respond to.
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Mozart Magical Musical Life

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students read a story about Mozart's life. They also listen to samplings of Mozart's music. They have a class discussion on the impact Mozart had on music as a young boy, and the students' abilities to impact music themselves.
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"Movies That Rock": Moulin Rouge

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders explore musical film and the Bohemian lifestyle common in Europe during the turn of the century through the musical Moulin Rouge. After listening to (or viewing) songs from the movie, they discuss the Bohemian era and how...
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Multicultural Music: Israel

For Teachers 2nd
Do a grapevine to the left, lift your hands in the air, and sing out, "Hey!" These are the steps second graders will do when they sing and dance the Israeli folk song, "Achshav.”  They will explore the concept of multicultural music and...
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Poems: What They Look and Sound Like

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Explore the poetry genre through this two-part literature analysis. Learners focus on four forms of poetry: haiku, acrostic, rhyme, and shape. They learn defining features, make text-to-self connections, and find similar characteristics...
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American Sabor Crossword

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How much do you know about Latin American music? A crossword puzzle challenges learners to answer 24 questions about the history, genres, performers, and instruments of Latin American music.
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Broadway and The American Dream

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Considering a unit study of American Musical Theatre? What better way to start than at the very beginning. Eight pairs of cards provide class members with background information about the genre from 1893 through 2004. The cards are...
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Latin Rhythms: Mystery Unraveled

For Students 6th - 12th
There is an indescrible energy to Latin American music—but if you know your music theory, it's not so indescrible after all. A thorough packet provides definitions for terms like bolero, charanga, shekere, and tumbao before listing...
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Modernism in Poetry, Painting, and Music

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Are you teaching Modernism to your class? Connect different areas of artistic expression in the Modernist Era. Learners read T.S. Eliot, view art by Pablo Picasso, and listen to a Modernist musical composition. This final assignment is...
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The Poetics of Hip Hop

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars consider the role of rhythm, form, diction, and sound in poetry. In this integrated arts instructional activity, students discuss the attributes of poetry as they analyze Shakespearean sonnets, hip hop music lyrics, and...
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Behind The Music: 1992

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Identify different genres of music popular in the 80's and 90's. Learners will identify the current issues and musical elements that made them popular to make comparisons to music of the 60's.
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And You Don't Stop-30 Years of Hip-hop

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify the musical genre of Hip-Hop and make a connection with other styles of music. A time line of musical styles is developed and discussed.
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Mammals and Music

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore music to discover the characteristics of mammals. They observe characteristics of mammals to sort them. They write sorting questions and paste copies of appropriate pictures into sorting charts.
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Music of My Heart

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students view and discuss the movie, Music of the Heart. They compare/contrast two versions of the song, Music of My Heart, identify characteristics of heroes, and sing the song, Music of My Heart.
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VH1 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons Lesson 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students study the affect of a theme song can have on a show or performer. They compare and contrast an original television theme song with classical music.
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Learning the Blues

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners take a virtual field trip to Memphis, Tennessee in their study of the blues, its characterisitics, founding fathers, and histororical influence on modern music. They compose blues lyrics that reflect present-day attitudes and...
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Sights and Sounds of Sakura in Japan

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders discover the springtime sakura celebration in Japan. In this music appreciation lesson, 6th graders perform the Japanese folk song "Sakura" and write haiku regarding sakura.
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Music Around the World: United Nations Week

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students discover the United Nations through the use of musical examples and performance. This two day lesson requires two forty-five minute sections and delivers information about different cultures around the world. Emphasis is on...
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Music History

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research on the internet a specific areas of music history of their choosing. They then write a report consisting of at least two types of music that they researched. They are assessed by research collected and writing ability.
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Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore connections between non-verbal language and art. In this visual and auditory art lesson, students investigate the science of sound and principles of drawing. They then use various genres of music to directly apply that...
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Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America - Gospel Beginnings

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify musical characteristics of gospel and sing a gospel selection. They practice the call and response technique. After going through individual parts, they sing the entire song with piano accompaniment.
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History Through Music

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners investigate genres in music through the ages. They work in groups to research music that is associated with different eras of US history. They determine historical events from the era and investigate the genres of music that...
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Connecting Literature, Writing and Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students assess the impact of music to portray emotions and tell stories. Examples are taken from the life of Rosa Parks and a piece of band music called "A Movement for Rosa". Evaluation is accomplished through in-class participation...

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