Music and Storytelling Teacher Resources

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The Band's Visit: A New Musical

For Parents 9th - 12th Standards
The study guide for David Yazbek's musical based on Eran Kolirin's film, The Band's Visit, is packed with background information, images, and cultural connections. The resource is the perfect accompaniment to a study of the musical.
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Music: Off the Wall & Onto the Stage - Composing

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Kids explore Gullah music from Africa and then create original compositions based on what they've learned. They practice traditional melodies and rhythms then make some of their own, which they then perform for the class. 
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Multimedia Storytelling

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Experiment with multimedia storytelling. After watching a segment of American Family, first, middle and high schoolers tell a story about their families, clarifying the setting, characters, and script. They work on setting their story in...
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Australian Aboriginal Art and Storytelling

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Young explorers investigate Australian Aboriginal culture by listening to traditional Dreamtime stories and examining dot paintings created by Aboriginal artists. In addition, they locate the country on maps, discuss the geography of...
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The Importance of Storytelling

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine how African Americans escaping slavery used storytelling to communicate. They listen to and read the lyrics for the song, Follow the Drinking Gourd, view the Reading Rainbow video, and write and illustrate their own story.
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Native American Music

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Explore Native American music. Listen to several examples of Native American music. Locate the tribes on maps and practice pronouncing words in the Cherokee language. Write out rhythmic accompaniment or a melodic introduction.
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Explore your Culture through Storytelling

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Explore the cultural heritage through of your class through reading, writing, and speaking exercises. They create illustrated mini-books that express their unique cultural and personal experiences. They share their stores with the class...
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Lesson: Daria Martin: Body as Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There is a wonderful magic that happens when artists collaborate. Kids examine storytelling through collaborative art. Inspired by Rodin's sculpture Minotaur, Daria Martin and Anna Halprin create a filmed dance sequence. Kids analyze the...
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Tradition through storytelling and music

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students discover how storytelling can shape a person's tradition.Students examine different methods of storytelling such as music, biographies, and African folktales. They then demonstrate their knowledge of storytelling by writing...
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Those Fabulous Fables

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A video leads off this activity on fables, introducing the class to this important form of traditional storytelling. The group defines fable and hears an explanation of the origin of this type of folk tale. They summarize the story they...
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Tradition Through Technology: Native American Storytelling

For Teachers 1st - 4th
This fabulous resource will help your class identify the parts of a story: subject, place, time, action, and moral. Class members will learn about storyboards and create their own about a Native American legend they researched online....
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Peter and the Wolf: A Russian Fairy Tale

For Teachers K - 2nd
A wonderful presentation explains a musical fairy tale. Perfect for an independent work station or as a link to send home for homework, this slideshow comes equipped with full audio. Each character, theme, and instrument from the piece...
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Storytelling: Performance and Art Learning Center

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore the process of telling stories without words.  In this literature instructional activity, 10th graders watch a music video performance made by Alaska Native students, and then examine art objects that may be used to...
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Epic Improvisation

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Really? Rapping The Odyssey? Really. A discussion of the oral tradition of story telling and its links to Epic poetry sets the stage for a series of activities that encourage improvisation to integrate music into other classrooms....
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Cooperative Storytelling

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students prepare index cards listing characters, plots and settings. In this storytelling lesson, students work in groups, pulling cards from each category and creating stories. 
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Springfield Digital Storytelling Project #6: Grapes Commercial

For Teachers 6th
Here is a fabulous lesson that should have your class very excited! They utilize the GRAPES formula in order to produce a commercial like ones we see on TV. Working in pairs, they must come up with a script, take video, provide music,...
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Music in West Africa

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore power and the symbols of power in West African music. They discuss the music of West Africa and compare it to African American music of today. In addition, they investigate musical instruments of Africa, identify the...
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Music From China

For Students 4th - 6th
In this music worksheet, students learn how Chinese people use music in their festivals. Students read a paragraph explaining why Chinese music uses the pentatonic scale. Students locate 16 words pertaining to Chinese music in a word...
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We Are Unique - Yet Also Alike

For Teachers 6th
How about four engaging lessons all related to bringing cultural awareness into the classroom through the arts? Sound tempting? Sixth graders will reflect on the art, storytelling, and music of various cultures, and how each transmits...
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Storytelling in the Classroom

For Teachers K - 2nd
What makes story telling special? Young readers demonstrate how to tell a story to others. Kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders read biographies of "Building Blocks" characters and tell a story about a character to their...
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Writing Lyrics

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the themes and structure of a bluegrass song and identify the common themes in bluegrass music. They practice songwriting by rewriting the lyrics of "Oh! Susanna" as a bluegrass tune.
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The Art of Storytelling: Ramayana Character Studies

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Take the text of the Ramayana and let it become a visual funfest of student interaction.  View through PowerPoint artistic representations of the characters of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and have pupils complete the character study...
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Story and Place: Lessons from Australian Aboriginal Storytelling

For Teachers 6th - 11th Standards
Class members investigate Australian Aboriginal culture thought traditional stories and then create their own dreaming tales using specific details that create a sense of time and place.
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Dancing the Colors of Birds

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Learners explore colors through storytelling and dance. In this visual arts lesson, students view the painting "Bird and Cornstalk Rug" and identify three colors. Learners express how the colors make them feel through the rhythm of...

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