Indigenous Music Teacher Resources

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The Music of Other Cultures

For Teachers 7th
Make your class musically and culturally literate. They'll listen to and discuss three types of music styles indicative of three different cultures. They'll identify characteristics and instruments used in western, traditional, and...
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Latin American Music

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learn about the music of Latin America! Four types of music are defined by their instruments, uses, and cultural impact or influences. Indigenous, Iberian, African influenced, and Urban music are all discussed. 
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World Percussion — Latin America Project Book

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What's the most popular music style in Brazil? What about Cuba? Or the Dominican Republic? An immersive project teaches young learners about the salsa, the samba, and the merengue with research assignments and dance performances.
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Africa: Small Sounds From a Big Country

For Teachers 8th
Students explore the music from Burundi, Zimbabwe, and Pygmy cultures. They listen to and discuss music from the African cultures, analyze the musical elements, write a song, and perform music.
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Rhythm in a Box: The Story of the Cajon Drum

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Discover the rich cultural traditions and remarkable ingenuity of indigenous people and African slaves by learning about one of the most popular percussion instruments in the world today.
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Rainforest Music

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine musical instruments used by the indigenous people of the rainforest, and analyze how music is used in their daily lives. They create a model, using natural materials, of a musical instrument used by indigenous...
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Europe: Indigenous Musical Genius

For Teachers 8th
Students are introduced to several forms of indigenous European music. Students become familiar with instruments, musical and forms and styles from Spain, Sardinia, Austria and Switzerland. Students recreate selected rhythms and styles.
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People of the Plains:Music and Dance

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders are given a worksheet stating the goal of the day, different sections to visit, and time spent on each section. They are given the CDs, 4th graders are told to insert the CDs into the computer. Students go to The Plains...
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The Importance of Music in the Life of the Aztec People

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners comprehend that societies are diverse and have changed over time. They relate music to various historical and cultural traditions. They investigate the various reasons-celebrations, rituals, and cermonies-for which the Aztecs...
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Celebration of Mexicanos Through Music, Dance, and Art

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students participate in a variety of lessons/activities designed to teach them about Mexico. They discuss the language and the flag of Mexico. Students learn about the celebrations, family values, music and food of Mexico. The final...
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Pre-Columbian Theater, Spanish Empire, and Sor Juana: Crash Course Theater #22

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The Aztecs turned the act of making sacrifices into a theatrical production. These native religious practices introduce a video on Pre-Columbian theater. By watching the video, viewers discover the connection between theater and the...
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The Sound of Music in Kenya

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study Kenya's culture and see how people and things can be different and similar at the same time. They create a pictograph of objects from each culture that are used in similar ways and examine a few Swahili words.
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Our Small World

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore indigenous and Native cultures, and promote appreciation for the contributions from these cultures. They explore the concept of cultural conservation and gain more understanding about the issues that tribes face today. ...
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American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this instructional activity, high schoolers will examine Hawaii's issues of colonization, authority, authenticity and cultural identity, and understand the distinction between native and non-native Hawaiians. This instructional...
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Caloric Expenditure in Powwow Dancing

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate the meaning of different types of Native American music and dance. They determine how this music and dance has contributed to modern music and dance. They problem solve to determine the average length of the...
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Animals From Asia and Africa

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars, in two separate lessons, explore three animals indigenous to Asia and identify animals indigenous to Africa.
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Love a Culture:Dance to Its Music!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars explore traditional dances.  In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts.  Young scholars draw inferences...
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Love a Culture: Dance to Its Music!

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders practice four different cultural or traditional (folk) dances and participate in whole-class and small-group discussions that invite critical thinking to draw inferences. Students choose specific countries or regions to...
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Animals of Asia

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students explore three animals indigenous to Asia. They dress up like an Asian animal, listen to Asian music and explore the countries the animals are native to.
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History of the American Family

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars discover the history of the American family and the affects of immigration. In addition, they examine the contributions of minority families to American culture. In groups, students explore the pros and cons of...
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Rainforest Rock

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Young scholars discuss the impact of environmental change on people and culture; create musical instruments that reflect cultural influences. apply musical concepts, evaluate Internet resources, and make a meaningful presentation.
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Activism Through the Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The arts often reflect the social struggles and concerns in society. The third lesson of four links the arts to activism and environmental concerns. Scholars learn about the role of art and artists statements. and then create their own...
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Mask Making

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders create three-dimensional masks. For this mask making lesson, 2nd graders design a three-dimensional mask. Students write one sentence that reflects the character of their mask.
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Herman Melville's Moby Dick

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Are you considering using Moby Dick as part of your American literature class? Take a look at this presentation designed for college-level classes or teacher preparation. It includes historical background and publication information, as...

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