Harmony Improvisation Teacher Resources

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Que IIueva or It's Raining

For Teachers 3rd
Get out your Orff instruments and the text, Spotlight on Music, it's time to instruct the class in playing and performing music. They'll practice pitch, rhythm, and harmony by clapping and singing, then apply what they've learned as they...
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The Carnival is Coming

For Teachers 5th
Your musicians need to practice before they can play like masters. They'll practice by singing and clapping out the musical patterns, rhythms, and harmony for the song "The Carnival Is Coming." They will then play this song on their...
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The Dove That Flew Away

For Teachers 5th
Prior to playing their Tutti instruments, fifth graders practice harmony, pitch, and rhythm. They sing, clap, and echo the musical pattern they are going to play, focusing on harmony and pitch. They then practice the same song on their...
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Spring Has Come

For Teachers 3rd
Using their Orff instruments, your third graders can learn to play as a music ensemble. They work together and in small groups to practice melody, harmony, and rhythm for the song, "Spring Has Come." This lesson is intended for use with...
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I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows

For Teachers 4th
You've found some instructional ideas on how to teach music, using Orff instruments. The class practices rhythm, melody, and harmony as the play each part of the song. For use with the Mcmillian/Mcgraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music.
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When I Was Young

For Teachers 4th
The woodblock, xylophone, and metallophone are the focus of this Orff ensemble music arrangement. Kids practice playing their instruments keeping rhythm, pitch, and harmony as the focus of the lesson plan. They echo the teacher by...
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Hill an' Gully

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders will practice pitch, harmony, form, rhythm, and syncopation by singing, clapping, and beating music patterns on their tutti instruments. They do this and then practice the song, "Hill an' Gully" found in the text, Spotlight...
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Sing it Well!

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students research world culture by collaborating on a performance with their class. In this harmony instructional activity, students practice using singing techniques to accompany the voices of their classmates and create melodies from a...
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Creating a Therapeutic Soundscape: Ambient Improvisations and Planned Catharsis (CTE)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How is music a form of therapy? Scholars explore the topic using the fourth and final lesson from the Changing One's Tune: A Music Therapy STEM series. Learners explore the relationship between music and the mind and describe the power...
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Cotton-Eye Joe

For Teachers 4th
Using or switching from left to right hand when playing any instrument is a skill that needs a lot of practice. Kids practice clapping and switching hands while they play the song, "Cotton-Eye Joe" on their Orff instruments. 
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Sea Shell

For Teachers 4th
The glockenspiel, xylophone, and woodblock players all mirror the musical pattern before they play the song, "Sea Shell." Pitch, rhythm, and playing as an ensemble are the focuses of this early music lesson to be used with the text,...
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Mizuguruma: The Water Wheel

For Teachers 1st
If your first graders can play Orff instruments, then this lesson could come in handy. They'll practice playing each part of the song, The Water Wheel in small groups and then as an ensemble. This lesson is for use with the text,...
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Consonance and Dissonance Activities

For Teachers K - 12th
Hone those musical ears to identify consonance and dissonance in music being played live or on a recording. Learners will work through four activities where they will listen to consonant and dissonant notes being played first by the...
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Stereotypes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Assumptions and misconceptions are two things that underlie stereotypes. Introduce youngsters to the concept of stereotyping with a role-play activity. They pretend they are employees at a restaurant who have accused a person of...
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"Classical Style and Rondo Form" Lesson

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the concept of expressiveness of music during the Classical Period by assessing how the following aspects affected it: timbre, dynamics, articulation, rhythm, melody, harmony, form, tempo, and texture. They...
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Viennese Music Clock

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore the music concepts of ryhthm, melody, form, and harmony in a three-lesson plan unit. They listen to the Viennese Music Clock and demonstrate moving to the beat, create improvised melodies, and play percussion accompaniment.
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Kari

For Teachers 1st
First graders practice the musical idea of improvisation while singing and playing the song "Kari", or Wild Geese, in this 1st grade music lesson. Emphasis is placed on the use of Orff instruments and techniques in teaching each musical...
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A Wing and a Prayer

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders improvise missing harmony accompaniment for a soloist performing "The Star Spangled Banner." Groups select several familiar melodies that they can produce while individual students take turns improvising a new harmony part.
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Page's Train

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders sing and play the song "Page's Train" using soprano and alto glockenspiels, alto metallophones, alto and bass xylophones and a cabasa. This fourth grade general music lesson plan utilizes the Orff teaching method and...
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Spiders

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars engage in a lesson that focuses on the skill of playing in harmony to play a song called Spiders. The lesson includes many different details being that it is intended for a symphony. The teacher can focus on one part or...
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When The Saints Go Marching In: A Lesson for Middle School Keyboard Lab Students

For Teachers 6th - 8th
After listening to a variety of interpretations of "When the Saints Go Marching In," partners compose and then perform their own renditions of this classic before joining a full-class jam session.
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Music Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Class members explore the concepts of texture in music and musical arrangements by examining Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" and "Harlem Airshaft."
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Music

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Music is a universal pleasure, but writing about it can be a little trickier. An informative handout discusses common types of music writing assignments that one might encounter in a college-level course. Individuals read about musical...
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Roll on, Columbia

For Teachers 4th
Budding musicians practice keeping rhythm, playing  Orff instruments, and following musical orchestration. They work as a team to play the song "Roll on, Columbia" while keeping time. There are specific instructions for each type of...

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