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Woodwinds

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Woodwind Instruments and Pitch
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the woodwind family

K-4 Music Language Arts, Science
Drinking Gourd

Grades 3-4 Lesson: What Does This Song Really Say?
Students listen to, sing, and read the lyrics to various African American spirituals. They discuss the coded messages in the songs, and the purpose of these codes.

K-4 Music Social Studies, History, Language Arts
freedom-riders

Grades 6-8 Lesson: We Are The Freedom Riders
Students will learn about the courageous efforts of the Freedom Riders while embracing the bold theme, "We Will Overcome!" as a theme surrounding the civil rights movement.

5-8 Music Social Studies, History
I Like Ike

Grade 5 Lesson: US Presidential Election Process and the Campaign Trail
Students will create an original political campaign song for a fictional presidential candidate.

5-8 Music History, Geography
Man playing harmonica

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Twelve-Bar Blues
Learn about the history, key players and musical qualities of the blues

5-8 Music History
Old river boat docked at Memphis, Tennessee.

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'
Examining the mystique of rivers as inspiration for creative expression it shows us the powerful influence the Mississippi River had on Mark Twain’s writings

9-12 Music, Literary Arts Language Arts, Geography
Hip-hop poet

Grades 9-12 Lesson: The Poetics of Hip-Hop
Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets and hip-hop music

9-12 Music, Theater Language Arts
Strings

Grades 3-4 Lesson: String Instruments and Pitch
In this lesson, students explore how pitch is altered based on the width and length of the string

K-4 Music Language Arts, Science
The Star Spangled Banner Sheet Music

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Set a Poem to Music
After exploring a “singable” picture book as a class, each student examines a personally selected poem for rhythm to determine its musical meter.

5-8 Music, Literary Arts English
Broom Bristles

Grade 5 Lesson: Searching For Cinderella
There are more than 300 versions and variations of the tale known as "Cinderella"

5-8 Music Language Arts, Geography
Gesture Drawings

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing
In this lesson, students will explore connections between music and visual art

9-12 Visual Arts, Music Language Arts

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Rhythm and Art: Elements of Art
Learn about the three elements of art (line, shape, and color) through a study of Torres-García's symbolism, Picasso's emotional use of color and Abstract Expressionism

9-12 Visual Arts, Music Language Arts, Math
Percussion

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Percussion Instruments and Pitch
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the percussion family

K-4 Music Language Arts, Science
pumpkin

Grades 9-12 Lesson: One Story, Many Tales
Through the study of various literary and fine arts versions of Cinderella, ESL students will practice their reading, writing, oral, and technology skills

9-12 Music Language Arts
The American Flag

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Oh, Say Can You See…
Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

K-4 Music, Visual Arts, Theater Social Studies, Language Arts
Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Nureyev: The Unconquerable Will
This lesson provides an overview of how creative expression developed in the West, particularly in the development of dance.

9-12 Dance, Visual Arts, Music Language Arts, History
Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Nureyev: Bringer of Light
This lesson focuses on the alignment of Nureyev’s artistic endeavors and achievements in the dance world of the West.

9-12 Dance, Visual Arts, Music Language Arts, History
Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Nureyev: After Petipa
Nureyev’s early life and work were affected by changing social, political, and cultural forces in Russia. His artistic genius was influenced by the work of Marius Petipa.

9-12 Dance, Visual Arts, Music Language Arts, History
Drawing of a Monster

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Monsters
This lesson is intended to have students investigate the idea of "monsters" in society

9-12 Music English
Sheet Music

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Melodies and Math
After reviewing basic music theory, students compose their own music for the touch-tone phone

K-4 Music Math
Dancers in silhouette

Grade 5 Lesson: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Explore and analyze Lift Every Voice and Sing, a poem by James Weldon Johnson.

5-8 Visual Arts, Music History, Language Arts
Native American Weaving

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Life of a Navajo Weaver
Students experiment with interpretative dance as they recreate the weaving process to Native American music

K-4 Dance, Music Geography, Language Arts
Writing lyrics

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Learning From Lyrics
Students research contemporary songs (alternative, country, metal, pop, rap, and rock music) to study current social issues.

9-12 Music History
moon and raven

Grade 5 Lesson: Haunting Music
Learn about orchestral “program music” inspired by the spooky and bizarre

5-8 Music, Visual Arts Language Arts
The Drinking Gourd Constellation

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Harriet Tubman: Secret Messages Shared through Song
In this lesson, students are introduced to the African-American spiritual and its use of a secret language to share information within the slave community.

K-4 Music Geography
Mexican Corrido

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Form and Theme in the Traditional Mexican Corrido
Students will learn about the traditional Mexican musical form of corridos, which dates back to the 1800s and continues to be very popular

9-12 Music, Literary Arts Language Arts, History
sheet music

Grades 6-8 Lesson: First Rhythmic Composition
This lesson introduces students to rhythm concepts, including the names and symbols associated with music notation

5-8 Music Math
frog prince

Grade 5 Lesson: Finding Your Own Frog Prince
Students will use a traditional tale, “The Frog Prince,” and Jon Scieszka’s variation of it, The Frog Prince Continued, to create improvised scenes and then a book for a mini-musical.

5-8 Theater, Music Language Arts
Pancho Villa

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Corridos About the Mexican Revolution
In this lesson, students will be introduced to causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures

9-12 Music, Literary Arts Language Arts, History
U.S. Army band on steps

Grade 5 Lesson: Civil War Music
Learn how music was used in the Civil War

5-8 Music History, Language Arts
Chinese performers

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Chinese Instruments
Explore the similarities and differences between traditional western instruments and Chinese instruments while creating a Chinese instrument.

K-4 Music, Visual Arts Geography, Informal Education
Brass

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Brass Instruments and Pitch
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the brass family

K-4 Music Language Arts, Science
Sheet music and fibonacci spiral

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Amazing Fibonacci
Using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, your students study math concepts of pattern, recursion, Pi and the Golden Ratio, developing their ability to analyze the structure of music.

9-12 Music Social Studies, Math
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