Music

Index - MUSIC - Learning Activities 


LESSON PLANS are full format, formal Lesson Plans.  Others are brief format Learning Activities.

Curriculum Standards are in process of being added to ALL ACTIVITIES - by early July.

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Related Subject Areas
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Local musical culture
music, instrumental, vocal
language arts, folklore; social studies, sociology, history
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How folk music reflects the unique Flint Hills cowboy experience
music instrumental, vocal
language arts, folklore; social studies, history
3
Flint Hills musicians and songwriters
music, appreciation
history; language arts, writing
4
Ballads and storytelling
music, vocal, instrumental
language arts, writing, literature, media; social studies, history
5
Plan a local music event
music
business
6
Music of diverse ethnic groups
music, instrumental, vocal, appreciation
language arts, speaking; social studies, sociology
7
Symphony in the Flint Hills
music, instrumental, appreciation
social studies; business; art; science; language arts, writing

Flint Hills Learning Activities to Integrate Flint Hills Into Existing Curriculum



MUSIC 


 

1. Local Musical Culture


Students will examine past and present local musical culture: early folk music, music in special events, community orchestras, popular local bands, dances, chorales, church music traditions, and family musical customs. Students will hypothesize how these various traditions reflect the culture, technology, economy, etc. of early periods and of today. (music, instrumental, vocal; language arts, folklore; social studies, sociology, history)

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2. How Folk Music Reflects the Unique Flint Hills Cowboy Experience


Students will explore
how folk music reflects the unique Flint Hills cowboy experience. Which traditional American cowboy songs contain experiences, values, and themes that occur in the Flint Hills? Can you find any early and contemporary songs specifically on the Flint Hills cowboy? What are the origins of these folk melodies? Is it an original melody or adapted from folk tradition (possibly roots in British Isles music?) What instruments were played? Students will choose and analyze the melody and lyrics of one cowboy song. (music instrumental, vocal; language arts, folklore; social studies, history)

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3. Flint Hills Musicians & Songwriters


Students will identify historic and contemporary Flint Hills musicians and songwriters. What are the themes of their music? How do they reflect the landscape and culture? What are their musical genres? Where do they perform? What live music venues are available in the Flint Hills for musicians? How do they market their music? Students will write a summary profile of one Flint Hills musician. (music, appreciation; history; language arts, writing)

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4. Ballad to Tell the Story


Students will research a local tragedy, legend or extraordinary event, and compose lyrics and melody for a ballad to tell the story. What are the conventions of the ballad genre? Which can be applied to your ballad? Students will create a recording or videoof their performance of their ballad. (music, vocal, instrumental; language arts, writing, literature, media; social studies, history)

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5. Plan a Local Music Event


Students will create and plan a local music event, including a marketing and promotion plan and budget, to draw visitors to their community. (music; business)

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6. Diverse Ethnic Groups


Students will explore the contributions of diverse ethnic groups on the musical culture of their communities. What ethnic groups are in your community? Investigate various aspects of their musical culture - describe their genres. What instruments do they play? How is their musical culture complex? Choose one genre of the ethnic community, choose a song within that genre, learn it vocally or instrumentally and perform it, along with a brief introduction of the song’s history and significance in that culture. (music, instrumental, vocal, appreciation; language arts, speaking; social studies, sociology)


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7. Symphony in the Flint Hills


Students will explore the musical aspects of the Symphony in the Flint Hills. What orchestra performs at this event? What instruments do they play? Is there a vocal component to the performance (narrative, musical?). What musical selections do they choose (these are found in the Symphony Journals - Schools should request copies of the annual Symphony Journals as a valuable print resource for their libraries)? How do these selections relate to the culture of the prairie? Why do you think these are chosen? What titles, themes, composers, and styles are included? How have planners evaluated the audience in choosing these selections? Students will write an essay analyzing the purpose of musical selections for the Symphony in the Flint Hills performances. (music, instrumental, appreciation; social studies; business; art; science; language arts, writing)

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