Music Composition Teacher Resources

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Tradition through storytelling and music

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners 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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Form and Theme in the Traditional Mexican Corrido

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the traditional Mexican musical form of corridos. In this cross curricular history and music lesson, students analyze the lyrics of popular corridos and the corridos' importance in Mexican culture. Students will compose...
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Sounds of Pi

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Listen to the beautiful musical compositions of ... pi? Pupils watch a video in the Numberphile "Pi" series that explains how people can use pi to compose a musical score. The video portrays a guitarist playing the first few notes of the...
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Principles of Art and Music

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students compare the principles of art and music and demonstrate their understanding by creating an original work of art inspired by a musical composition from a specific time period. They present the music and art in a class iMovie...
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Modernism in Poetry, Painting, and Music

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Are you teaching Modernism to your class? Connect different areas of artistic expression in the Modernist Era. Learners read T.S. Eliot, view art by Pablo Picasso, and listen to a Modernist musical composition. This final assignment is...
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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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Composing Music

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars explore music appreciation by creating their own music pieces in class. In this music composition lesson, students collaborate in small groups with their instruments and compose a short song which they will play for class....
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Song Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners write an original song using music composition software such as Music Time. By doing this, students identify another use for the computer besides word processing and games.
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Buggy Beats

For Teachers 1st
First graders have an opportunity to use both creative and logical sides of the brain by developing an understanding that ALL words have a logical, patterned rhythm of their own, and by being able to create and perform their own unique...
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Beethoven Copycat

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Pupils practice composing some of Beethoven's musical pieces. Students listen to Beethoven's music and watch a video about his life. Then, pupils practice composing their own pieces that emulate his work.
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Project-Based Songwriting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Project-based learning in a music theory class? Take note. Young songwriters compose, record, copyright, and promote their original songs. They even design their own CD cover.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky—1812 Overture Projects

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Imagine being commissioned to compose a work for a huge celebration that should be exciting and patriotic. A work that would commemorate a dramatic battle victory. What instruments would you use? What melodies to tell the tale and echo...
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Pi Prog Rock

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Make music using math. Young mathematicians listen to a musical score in a video from the Numberphile Pi series. It turns out that the music in the video has all sorts of connections to pi and tau.
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Making Music From Space!

For Students 6th - 12th
We know that sound cannot be heard in space, but can space make sound? Artists use various techniques to turn radiation waves, the earth's magnetic field, and other scientific data into music. This is the 20th video in a series of 22.
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Music from the Silk Roads

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore different types of musical instruments. In this musical instrument lesson, students create a replica of a sheng. Students utilize this instrument to understand different types of breathing used in different sounds....
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Simple Math meets Simple Meter

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students recognize correct whole numbers to create music notation. In this music composition instructional activity, students review simple math and are introduced to time signatures. Students work together to compose four measures of...
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Global Music Patterns- Islamic Art

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Learners compose music using Islamic patterns. In this cultural arts lesson, students examine Islamic art and analyze the patterns. Learners incorporate various Islamic patterns into a musical composition.
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Musical Form and Sibelius Groovy Music Shapes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create a song using the form ABACADAEA. Students listen to a musical piece created by Vivaldi that is an example of this musical form. Then students use software to create their own musical forms representing this pattern.
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Lesson Plan for Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 (1938)

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students study the life and music of composer, Samuel Barber. In groups, representing trees, water, and stars they use interpretive dance to tell the story of the musical composition, 'Adagio for Strings, Op. 11' by Barber.
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Critical Process: Music Works

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders analyze music compositions and performances. In this music criticism lesson, 7th graders study music compositions and performances. Students listen and analyze various pieces of music. Students then compose their own...
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Crackin' the Musical Code

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students decode musical notation and then synthesize and apply by notating their own musical composition. Students draw various rhythmic examples which are equal in time duration. They notate and count rhythmic patterns. Additional cross...
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Can You Hear a Story?

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Students gain an understanding of relationships between music and language arts. They analyze a story and create a musical composition that reflects and enhances the story. The musical accompaniment will be produced in a book on tape.
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Articulation Study

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers study articulations of music. In this study of music lesson, students identify articulations needed to perform musical compositions. High schoolers discuss, take quizzes, listen to and play excerpts of basic articulation...
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The Elements of Music—How do Composers Plan?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The introduction to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and the finale of his Symphony No. 4 provide young musicians with an opportunity to investigate the music elements composers employ to develop the themes they want to create. They compare the...

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