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Composers in Music History

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
What do Johann Sebastian Bach and Miles Davis have in common? Much more than class members might imagine. The comparison of these two famous composers is just one lesson in a unit that investigates many facets of the music industry...
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Evolution of Music - Pentatonix

For Students 4th - 12th
Explore music through the decades with an engaging video brought to you by the 5-part harmony acapella group, Pentatonix. Genuine musical talents sing through a variety of popular music from the 11th century to the 2010's. Artists...
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Eckstine, Stayhorn, and the Dorseys: Masters of Swing

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students explore the history of swing music. In this music history lesson, students research the Dorsey Brothers, Billy Eckstine, and William Strayhorn to learn about swing music. Students define swing, develop a timeline of events in...
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Medieval Music -- 500-1450

For Students 4th - 5th
In this music history worksheet, students learn about the musical style and instrumentation in the years between 500-1450. Students read several informative paragraphs and answer 7 questions.
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Music of the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1968

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students experience the aesthetics of music and learn about freedom songs that motivated the Civil Rights activists. In this music history lesson, students learn how music can motivate and move listeners. Students then describe how...
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Hail to the Chief

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Students examine the musical arrangement "Hail to the Chief". In this music history instructional activity, students listen to and compare jazz, samba, baroque, and march versions of the song. This instructional activity may be adapted...
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Crawford Grill: Opening the Doors of Opportunity

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Analyze the role the Crawford Grill played in the history of Jazz music. Budding historians research interviews and video clips to learn about the Crawford Grill in Pennsylvania and black music history. The lesson culminates when...
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Black History Rap

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students write a rap or hip-hop lyric about the life of a famous Black American. They explore famous Black Americans in history and explore how the rap form compares to other forms of poetic expression.
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The Baroque Music Period

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Music appreciation can start very early and providing a historical context makes music more meaningful. Present this information to your learners to help them understand the people, music, and instruments common to the Baroque Period....
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The Roots of Jazz

For Teachers 5th - 9th
This slide show introduces learners to the development of jazz. It quite briefly describes what influenced jazz music, jazz instruments, and Jazz in the early years. It also explains how jazz has influenced modern classical composers....
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Tchaikovsky's Life and Career

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Discover facts about the man behind classical favorites such as, Pathetique and the 1812 Overture. Here, you'll find biographical information about Tchaikovsky's life, his music, and his career. Both the 1812 Overture and Pathetique are...
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Romantic and 20th Century Period Music

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Upper graders explore the similarities, differences, and depth of pop music from the Romantic era and the 20th century. They listen to selections that exemplify the Baroque, Romantic, and 20th century periods, then create presentations...
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The Power of Music

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students analyze and compare two songs from different periods through the Virtual Gramophone website.
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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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Adventures in Music History

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders participate in a variety of experiences to investigate the tie between music and history. It combines music history with historical events and includes information about composers and the music that they composed....
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Indian Music

For Students 5th - 6th
For this music worksheet, students discover facts about India's musical history and culture. Students read informative paragraphs and answer 7 questions about India's history and music.
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Opera and American Musical Theatre

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research musical styles and forms throughout history. In this musical styles and forms lesson, 6th graders research the history of music by examining the similarities and differences in the form of opera and American...
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About Musical Theatre

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
A reading comprehension worksheet traces the history of musical theatre. It starts with ancient Greece choruses and continues through the ballad and comic operas of the Renaissance, the operettas of Britain, France, and Germany, the...
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Making Sounds with Clay

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is a great way to incorporate art, history, and music. Learners will make airduct instruments, such as recorders, flutes, and whistles out of clay. The ceramic instruments can be quite ornate and even used to make music. The...
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Applying Music to Literature

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Kids explore music, history, culture, and literature in a multi-faceted lesson plan. They discuss how both historical and cultural contexts shape music, art, and literature, and then apply these concepts as they engage in a listening...
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Music to Evoke Reaction

For Teachers 9th
Music oftentimes evokes specific emotions just like a painting or poem. Kids examine how music is used to evoke emotions or feelings in film. They listen to and identify various types of music found in film scores. They then rate the...
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Music of the Middle East

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Explore the cultural and religious influences that have shaped music in the Middle East. Classical and traditional music styles are covered in terms of instrumentation and music theory. This slide show would be appropriate for a music...
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Music: A Jazz History

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Elementary and middle schoolers explore ragtime music and gain an understanding of its relation to jazz music. Youngsters become familiar with the common forms used in ragtime piano pieces, and study syncopation. This interesting lesson...
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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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