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Ostinato

For Teachers 3rd
Quarter notes, eighth notes, and rests; it's time to read rhythmic patterns in music. The class plays ostinatos as they practice identifying rhythmic patterns. They then listen to Mannheim Steamroller as they draw geometric patterns that...
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Ostinato Patterns.

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the creation of music using ostinato patterns. They listen to music composed with these patterns and focus upon compositional techniques. Students examine the pattern with the help of...
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Ice Cream

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Help your children discover the verbal ostinato pattern of a rhyme. Learners sing a rhyme about ice cream, practice it several times, then divide into groups to sing the rhyme analyzing the patterns and rhythm.
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"Mars" from The Planets

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Gustav Holst's The Planets provide young musicians an opportunity to examine how composers can create a suite: a collection of smaller pieces grouped to explore a single topic. After listening to "Jupiter," they examine "Mars" in detail,...
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In My Dream

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students listen to recordings of early jazz and identify examples of ostinato and syncopation. They discuss important personalities from jazz cultures and take a quiz on aspects of jazz.
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Jammin' to Jazz

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students identify integral parts of jazz music by listening to Quincy Jones' We Be Doin' It. They note the bass and drum sounds, scat solos, and also sing parts of the ostinato and chorus.
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Introduction to Caribbean Music

For Students 8th
In this Caribbean music worksheet, 8th graders read about the cultural background of the Caribbean nations and about the characteristics of the music. They examine call and response, ostinato, and syncopated rhythms. They answer 8...
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Hole Hole Bushi

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders play a written rhythm pattern. They state when a rhythm pattern varies from a given pattern by listening to an ostinato. They state reasons why people migrate to different lands.
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Dinosaur Stomp

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders write a dinosaur poem using information from a research activity. In this dinosaur poetry and music lesson, 2nd graders listen to the book Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp in music class. They work in small groups to...
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Bob Marley - Legend Episode #3 - Lesson 2

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students perform using rhythm instruments with accurate tempo a given syncopated ostinato pattern to accompany a played audio recording of reggae music. They discuss the use of music to express religious and political beliefs.
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"Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," create a rhythmic pattern with their body in triple time and chant an ostinato pattern with special words.
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Hispanic Rhythmic Patterns and Drums

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students imitate rhythmic patterns created by the teacher or taken from the drum performance of "Oshossi." They study and perform some of the layered and interlocking rhythms of the drum ensembles of Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, Suriname, and...
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"Jingle Bells" Musical Game

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students practice and focus on keeping a steady beat. They review tempo the speed of music. Students access the playing of instruments on both a steady ostinato and also with a steady rhythmic pattern. They improve their hand-eye...
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Simple Gifts

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars examine the concepts of half notes, quarter notes, whole notes, and musical phrases by performing the Shaker song "Simple Gifts". Emphasis is placed on movement with music and meeting national standards for the arts.
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Birdland: Weather Report

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students compare and contrast the Weather Report jazz recording, Birdland, with other songs they have reviewed. They write in their journals how they think charlie Parker might have reacted to the song.
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Music: Individual and Group Practice

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders, in groups and individually, perform various musical pieces on their instruments. After demonstrating how to play steady beats, they also play counter melodies to songs such as "Peace Like a River." While some students...
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Singing in the Classroom

For Teachers K - 6th
Those new to the Kodály Method of music instruction, as well as experienced educations, will find everything they need in a resource designed to launch a five-week vocal music program. Packed with warm ups, games, activities, and...
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Skip Counting to Music

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Your youngest mathematicians skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's as they sing along to a Hap Palmer song that helps them remember the patterns. Students practice in whole group and then individually with the worksheet provided, using the...
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America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students perform a song using correct rhythms, accurate pitches, and dynamic phrasing. They perform an accompaniment to "America" on Orff instruments.
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Cotton-Eye Joe

For Teachers 4th
Using or switching from left to right hand when playing any instrument is a skill that needs a lot of practice. Kids practice clapping and switching hands while they play the song, "Cotton-Eye Joe" on their Orff instruments. 
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Love Somebody

For Teachers 4th
Each section in this lesson gets to practice a specific part of the song "Love Somebody." Your fourth grade orchestra will play their Orff instruments as you instruct each instrument group as a section as a musical unit. 
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Cape Cod Chantey

For Teachers 6th
Instruct your class on basic music notation, rhythm, pitch, and harmony as they practice keeping a beat to the song, "Cape Cod Chantey." They'll practice individually and then as a group. This song can be found in the text, Spotlight on...
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Addition Facts

For Teachers K - 1st
Kindergarteners count to 100 by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s using beans, buttons, shells, and rocks, and other objects for grouping. They also count backwards from 10 to 0 by 1s, practicing with poems like "Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the...
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Foot Stompin', Toe Tappin', Frontier Celebration

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders observe music by researching U.S. history. In this music culture activity, 4th graders identify the era of the American Frontier and discuss the instruments, rhythms and compositions of music from the time. Students...

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