Below is a link to my wix page that covers my unit The American Sound.
The student will perform the song showing their ability to sing difficult rhythms.
After the students learn the song they will be allowed to come up with new verses to add to the song. I will put the kids into three or four groups and have each group collaborate to create a new verse. Below is a link to the song on noteflight.
In this lesson the student will listen to different songs inspired by animals and draw what images the music creates for them.
Two pieces that I have picked for this exercise include a section of “The Carnival of Animals” and a section of “Sheep May Safely Gaze”.
This song has a simple chord progression that is easy to follow and is a fun and upbeat song. This version is in the key of D flat. The link below has a list of all the Boom Whacker notes that you will need, the chord progression and a youtube link to the song.
The student will create a rhythm with whatever percussion instrument they want, to match an animal from the book “Rumble in the Jungle”.
Each student will choose an animal from the animals in the book to create a rhythm for. Then, as I get to each of the animals in the book the class will perform the rhythm they created for their animal. I will ask the students how the different animals act and use the description in the book to help determine a good behavioral sound for the animals then write down what we come up with.
Noteflight is a free online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear music notation. I will use this website to help students understand music notation and theory. Also I will be able to give students clear new copies of music for different warm-up exercises.
Final Project Ideas:
- Brief Music History
- The American Sound