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Musical Movement Showcase

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young performing artists create a song or choreograph a dance to illustrate a theme in a text they are reading. Step-by-step directions are included.
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Focus on Harmony

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Harmony is the focus of this band activity. Upper graders play the Star Spangled Banner, while focusing on harmony, chords, and musical voice. This activity includes several suggested cross-curricular activities.
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Orchestra: Focus on Rhythm and Arranging

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High school orchestra is a great place to play music, like The Star Spangled Banner. Upper graders create new rhythms to the old song and perform them with the class. They rehearse their updated versions of the song using their...
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Putting Pitch In Its Place

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Young scholars focus on reading musical notations. They see, hear, practice and write notations in the lessons to become more independent readers of music. They complete a Rubric for Pitch Worksheet.
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DanceTime Deluxe

For Students K - 12th
Do you know the dance moves, but just need some tunes to rehearse to? Then put on your dancing shoes, grab a partner, and let the rehearsal begin! Practice a wide variety of popular ballroom dance rhythms from around the globe at a tempo...
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America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Young scholars perform a song using correct rhythms, accurate pitches, and dynamic phrasing. They perform an accompaniment to "America" on Orff instruments.
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Honor Choir Rehearsal

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students practice singing with complete vocal warm-ups in a unified tone. They perform sections of the following songs: "Lamentations of Jeremiah," "Soonah Will Be Done," and "Fairest Lord Jesus." As students sing, they practice...
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Ensemble Rehearsal Critique

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils discuss how to critique a musical piece properly. After listening to different types of music, they identify the strengths and weaknesses of the piece. They also develop solutions to the problems in the music for further...
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Focus on Form

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young musicians discuss musical form found in the song, The Star Spangled Banner. They review their parts for the song then practice playing it as a group. Cross-curricular activity suggestions are included.
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Star Spangled Banner: For Orchestra

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers practice playing "The Star Spangled Banner" while focusing on phrasing. They work with the instructor to mark the lyrics and music, then play the song using the phrasing indicated. Several cross-curricular  extension...
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Love a Culture: Dance to Its Music!

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders practice four different cultural or traditional (folk) dances and participate in whole-class and small-group discussions that invite critical thinking to draw inferences. Students choose specific countries or regions to...
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Focus on Phrasing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The band practices The Star Spangled Banner, while focusing on phrasing. They discuss musical phrasing then practice incorporating it in their performance. Cross curricular extension activities are included.
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"Performance Qualities" Dance Lesson Plan

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders move across a space practicing a dance as they work on focus and energy.
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Skin And Bones

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders practice singing and playing in basic time signatures in this general music lesson for the second grade. They use the songs "America", "Waltz of the Flowers", and "Skin and Bones." This would be an ideal lesson to use...
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"Chords and Improvisation"

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders recognize traditional harmonic progressions such as I-V-I in writing or performance. Students experience improvising simple melodic patterns based on traditional harmonic progressions.
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What Did You Say? Body Language in conducting and Psychological Conducting

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders discuss articulation and the ways that articulation affects music. Examples are completed using staccato and legato. On the second day, 10th graders repeat the lesson using accent, marcato, and tenuto. Students practice...
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Clerihew Dances I

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders demonstrate locomotor movements and define non-locomotor movement. They discuss a story and perform a "name" movement.
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Instruments for Change

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine their own rehearsals and make notes to correct their mistakes.
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Family of Musicians

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners view a video about street musicians/singers and then perform in a small ensemble, recognizing that there is no real star of an ensemble.
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Moving to a Path Map

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars accurately demonstrate non-locomotor/axial movements such as bend, twist, stretch, swing. They accurately demonstrate eight basic locomotor movements.
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On with the Show!

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students perform in musical ensembles using the district adjudication sheet to assess their performance. They practice for the district music festival.
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Syncopation in Pevensey Castle

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the syncopation rhythms from the musical piece, Pevensey Castle. They count and execute rhythms, count syncopated rhythms, and clap and count rhythms.
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Showtime Jobs

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students plan and present a play or puppet show. In this artistic activity, students practice organizational and communication skills to put on a performance. The task should focus on the many jobs that take place "behind the scenes."
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Rain Rain Go Away!

For Teachers 1st
First graders are introduced to and practice the concept of melody when connected to music. They distinguish and demonstrate melodic contour as well as sing a song with accurate melody. Each student discriminates between the pitches and...

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