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Looking to use Middle School Lesson 35: Midnight Special in your Middle School classroom?

While teaching this learning module you will cover multiple concepts including: Form

You'll also cover the themes of: Eras in Music

Middle School Lesson 35: Midnight Special

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Concepts(s):
Form
Themes(s):
Eras in Music
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Introduction

In this lesson you will

  • learn about the song “Midnight Special”
  • sing the song “Midnight Special”
  • learn about Lead Belly
  • compare performances by Lead Belly, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Paul McCartney
  • play bucket drum with “Midnight Special”

Objectives

  • I can sing and play music from a variety of places and times.
  • I can listen and respond to music.
  • I can compare performances.

Learn about the song "Midnight Special"

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Learn about the song "Midnight Special"

Read the slide.

Sing the song "Midnight Special"

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Sing the song "Midnight Special"

This song uses the same melody for verses and for the chorus.

You can accompany this song with D, G and A on guitar or ukulele.

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Learn about Lead Belly

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Learn about Lead Belly

Read the slide and watch the biography that follows.

View a biography of Lead Belly

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View a biography of Lead Belly

This is a YouTube link.

If the link doesn't work, search internet for "biography of Lead Belly".

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Other recordings of "Midnight Special"

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Other recordings of "Midnight Special"

Read the slide.

Links to Creedence Clearwater Revival's performance and Paul McCartney's performance will follow the Compare Performances slide.

Compare performances

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Compare performances

A printable version of this worksheet is in Supporting Resources.

Compare the three performances of the song.

"Midnight Special" performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival

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"Midnight Special" performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival

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If the link doesn't work, search internet for "Midnight Special Creedence Clearwater Revival".

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Paul McCartney performs "Midnight Special"

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Paul McCartney performs "Midnight Special"

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If the link doesn't work, search internet for "Paul McCartney performs Midnight Special".

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Practice the parts for "Midnight Special" on bucket drum

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Practice the parts for "Midnight Special" on bucket drum

Practice the parts.

Bucket Drum to "Midnight Special"

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Bucket Drum to "Midnight Special"

Play the whole song.

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