Students will listen to music with a variety of tempos. They will identify largo and presto and move to show the tempo.
Students will discuss day and night, diurnal and nocturnal animals, and daytime/nighttime activities. They will listen to the first movement from Edvard Greig's Peer Gynt Suite and to Frederick Chopin's Nocturne No. 9, No. 2. They will identify which music sounds like day and which sounds like night. They will identify the tempo and dynamics and move to show the mood of each piece.
Students will use locomotor and non-locomotor movement to identify the form of "Trepak" from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. They will identify the A section, B section, Interlude, and Coda. Younger students will identify same and different.
Students will explore musical elements used to communicate, such as dynamics, pitch and tempo. They will listen to the book Ring! Yo? by Chris Raschka and decide how each sentence should be spoken. Students will analyze the "conversation" between instruments in III. Presto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Students will read and discuss the story Wings by Christopher Myers. They will listen to and analyze Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams. They will create a collage of wings and connect it to the book and music. They will share their artwork and how it was influenced by the music and book.
Students will listen to and describe the characters in the book Simple Gifts by Chris Raschka. They will listen to and analyze excerpts from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Students will listen to the lyrics of the song Simple Gifts and the orchestral version of the song arranged by Aaron Copeland.
Students will analyze the painting, Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle), by Wassily Kandinsky. They will listen to a piece of music and paint the melody, mood, and repeated patterns they hear.
Students will review dynamics. The teacher will hide an object in the room while one student closes his/her eyes. The class will sing a known song, using different dynamics, to help the student locate the hidden object. A video is included to demonstrate the lesson.
Students will identify phrases in poems, nursery rhymes, and songs. A worksheet is provided to identify phrases in a nursery rhyme and song. Video demonstrations are provided.
Students will perform steady beat using body percussion and percussion instruments. A video demonstration is provided.
Students will listen to four sound effects and identify the sound heard. A worksheet is provided to identify each sound. Students will listen to each sound again and identify expressive qualities. Students will create a movement for each sound. Video demonstrations are provided.
Students will sing echo songs and call and response songs. Students will take turns being the soloist or leader. Songs include "Che Che Kule" and "Follow the Drinking Gourd." There are videos to demonstrate the lesson.