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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA module 4, Unit 3: Writing a Position Paper

For Teachers 8th Standards
Six resources make up an English language arts module that focuses on writing a position paper on food chains. Scholars compose an essay that states a claim, provides evidence, shares their reasoning, then offers a counterclaim and a...
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Composer/Musician Study

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research a musician or composer of their choice and present their research through a written paper and free choice activity. This lesson can be done over the course of five to six classes with some homework. The paper...
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Composers Timeline

For Students K - 12th
Take a quick tour through the last 350 years of music composition with an interactive timeline tool. As learners scroll through the years, they see which composers were born and working during the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern...
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Composers and Their Countries

For Students K - 12th
How many of the world's greatest composers were born in Austria? Or Germany? Or the United States? An interactive map provides young musicians with information about prominent composers in the last few centuries, as well as the periods...
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Jazz Musicians

For Students 6th - 12th
Ten informative videos make up a series hosted by Wynton Marsalis designed to share the musical triumphs of jazz musicians Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and more! 
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Camp for Composers - Activity 1

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Students compose original songs in 4/4 time to learn the elements used in the formation of music: tempo, pitch, meter, rhythm, and melody. This introductory lesson can be done in two 30-minute class periods.
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The Elements of Music—How do Composers Plan?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The introduction to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and the finale of his Symphony No. 4 provide young musicians with an opportunity to investigate the music elements composers employ to develop the themes they want to create. They compare the...
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A Composer Leads the Way

For Students 4th - 5th
What song is playing? A music activity focuses on composers throughout history, their famous works, and the instruments in each piece. As pupils complete the worksheet they play a short game to review music theory terms.
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Composers in Music History

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
What do Johann Sebastian Bach and Miles Davis have in common? Much more than class members might imagine. The comparison of these two famous composers is just one lesson in a unit that investigates many facets of the music industry...
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Compose and Decompose Angles

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
What does it mean to decompose an angle? You can compose and decompose angles just like shapes or numbers. Real-world examples are used to demonstrate how angles can be broken into smaller parts. An angle is decomposed into two smaller...
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Louisiana's Legendary Musicians

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students identify and interpret what legendary traditional musicians of Louisiana that allows them to hear new genres of traditional music. They also identify what it means to be a legendary artist and read, write, and create a project...
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Interviews with Famous Composers

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students research a composer using both Internet and print media. They demonstrate how to read a piece of music. They conduct interviews of each other to determine material for a news broadcast which they videotape as they simulate...
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For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Students explore the connection between music and culture. In this Spanish music lesson, students label maps to show the Spanish speaking countries. Students study Spanish musicians, label where they live on the maps and write a report...
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19th & 20th Century Composers: Exoticism

For Teachers 8th - 12th
VH1 Music Studio has put out another great lesson that incorporates analysis, compare/contrast, and musical terminology. Kids will listen to the song "Habanera" considering the use of specific instruments in evoking a sense of location....
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Classical Music Composers Puzzle

For Students 5th - 12th
In this composers word search puzzle, students identify the names of famous composers of classical music. Examples include Mozart and Bach. A list of 60 names is provided to assist students in their search.
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Famous Composers

For Students 6th - 8th
For this music worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that are associated with the naming of famous composers. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Be Sharp and Never Flat

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
An outstanding instructional activity on music awaits your young composers! They learn about patterns found in music, the different sections of an orchestra, and see the differences between musicians and a composer. Excellent streamed...
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For Teachers 6th - 12th
Tune your ears and eyes into this video of guitarist Ricky Rios. The daily life of a musician is more chaotic than you may think! Watch this video to learn why.
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Musician Extraordinaire Based on the DC Quarter Reverse

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students develop an understanding of the role of a musician, composer, and conductor. In this musician lesson plan, students examine the District of Columbia quarter and see that Duke Ellington is on the reverse side. They define...
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Duke Ellington: Great American Musician and Composer

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students delve into the life and music of Duke Ellington as a major American musician and composer. The elements that made the sound of his orchestra unique and the talents of his band members are explored in this lesson.
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Composer Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students use a database to research a composer of their choice. They complete a composer scavenger hunt and complete a worksheet. They listen to their music as well.
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Musicians and Their Bands

For Students 9th - 12th
In this musicians worksheet, students match the name of a musician to the respective band.  This two-page worksheet contains 32 matching problems.  Answers are provided on the last page.
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Notable American Composers

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students visit web sites for each of the composersand listen to selections of each composer's music and place important dates of the composers into a pre-printed time line.
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Baroque Composers

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study Baroque composers. In this music lesson, rotate trough three stations, collecting information on particular Baroque composers. Worksheets, information cards, and procedure included.