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Looking to use Grade 4 Lesson 33 in your Grade 4 classroom?

While teaching this learning module you will cover multiple concepts including: Expression, Form, Rondo, Tempo, Timbre of Unpitched Instruments

You'll also cover the themes of: 1800s, Animal Songs, Central America, Composers, Eras in Music, North America, Our Musical World, Romantic

Grade 4 Lesson 33

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Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Warmup with Body Percussion Lesson 11
  2. Teach “Whacky Music”
  3. Choose Instruments to Play
  4. Compose a 4 bar Rhythm Pattern
  5. Watch the Kids Demo of the Song “Whacky Music”
  6. Play along with “Whacky Music”
  7. Review “Los Machetes”
  8. Try the Dance Steps for “Los Machetes”
  9. Echo drm s in F Major
  10. Read the words for “Old Blue”
  11. Listen to “Old Blue”
  12. Clap the Words for the First Verse of the Song “Old Blue”
  13. Sort the rhythms for “Old Blue”
  14. Create a New Rhythm Pattern That Uses Half Notes
  15. Watch the Video About the Composer Franz Liszt
  16. Listen to a Piano Concerto by Franz Liszt.
  17. Optional: Complete an analysis worksheet

Extensions

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can read rhythms and melodies.
  • I can listen and respond to music.
  • I can create or improvise rhythms.

Warmup with Body Percussion Lesson 11

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Instrument Song Used: Bonus Lesson!

Warmup with Body Percussion Lesson 11

In this lesson Cristian teaches how to do body percussion that is like the drum set.

Watch the video to learn the body percussion.

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Teach “Whacky Music”

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Song Used: Whacky Music

Teach “Whacky Music”

Teach the song by rote. You can use this song as the theme for a rondo. A rondo is a piece of music that has a recurring theme alternating with contrasting sections. You could create the contrasting sections as a class. Ask students to suggest 4-beat rhythm patterns. You could repeat a rhythm four times for each contrasting section and play each one on a different rhythm instrument.

For example:
A theme - sing “Whacky Music”
B contrasting section qr qr qr q woodblocks (4x)
A theme - sing
C new contrasting section q qr q Q hand drum (4x)
A theme - sing
D new contrasting section q q qttt q metals - tambourines, triangle (4x)

Instead of creating the contrasting sections as a class, you could have individual students, or small groups of students, create 16-beat rhythm compositions. Hand out envelopes of individual note cards. Tell the students to create 16-beat rhythm patterns. Show them in a pocket chart how to make four rows of four beats. (Each square is one beat in 4/4 time.) Have each student or group read their composition to you and assess.

To the Teacher: Note squares for qr q Q will be available for your use in this activity. In the Themes & Variations publication “Composing with Boomwhackers,” note squares for many other note values are included.

Choose Instruments to Play

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Song Used: Whacky Music

Choose Instruments to Play

Compose a 4 bar Rhythm Pattern

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Song Used: Whacky Music

Compose a 4 bar Rhythm Pattern

Compose a 4 bar rhythm pattern.

You can print the pdf in resources or you can save paper and write your pattern like it shows on a piece of paper.

Practice playing your pattern on each of your instruments. Practice at a quick tempo.

Watch the Kids Demo of the Song "Whacky Music"

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Song Used: Whacky Music

Watch the Kids Demo of the Song "Whacky Music"

Watch the Kids demo of the song "Whacky Music."

Do you see how the kids improvise during the B, C and D sections?

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Play along with “Whacky Music”

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Song Used: Whacky Music

Play along with “Whacky Music”

Play the lyrics video again and, this time, play your 16 beat rhythm composition in the B, C, D sections.

If you play on a different instrument each time, it will change how it sounds.

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Review “Los Machetes”

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Unit Used: Grades 3 and 4 Dances

Review “Los Machetes”

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Try the Dance Steps for “Los Machetes”

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Unit Used: Grades 3 and 4 Dances

Try the Dance Steps for “Los Machetes”

Echo drm s in F Major

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Practice Item Used: do re mi so (drm s)

Echo drm s in F Major

Use the video to warm up your singing voice.

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Read the words for "Old Blue"

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Song Used: Old Blue

Read the words for "Old Blue"

Note to Teachers - Folk songs are songs that were written so long ago we don't know who wrote them. Folk songs were written about events that happened in people's lives. We often ask "How does the music make you feel?" This song may make some students feel sad, even though the last verse is hopeful. This song is about losing a pet and may be triggering for some students.

Read the words for the song "Old Blue."
What is the song about?
Is the song happy or sad?

Listen to “Old Blue”

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Song Used: Old Blue

Listen to “Old Blue”

Note to Teachers - this song is about losing a pet and may be triggering for some students.

Sing along with the recording of Old Blue.
What is the mood of this song in the recording?

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Clap the Words for the First Verse of the Song “Old Blue”

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Clap the Words for the First Verse of the Song “Old Blue”

Open the interactive.

Clap the words for the first verse of the song "Old Blue."

Sort the rhythms for “Old Blue”

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Song Used: Old Blue

Sort the rhythms for “Old Blue”

Is it one sound, two sounds, or a sound that lasts two beats?

Create a New Rhythm Pattern That Uses Half Notes

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Tool Used: Rhythm Composition

Create a New Rhythm Pattern That Uses Half Notes

Choose level 3 for your composition.

If you would like to try another level after that, you can.

A printable template is given in supporting resources.

Watch the Video About the Composer Franz Liszt

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Listening Selection Used: Allegro animato from Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major

Watch the Video About the Composer Franz Liszt

Watch the video about the composer Franz Liszt.

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Listen to a Piano Concerto by Franz Liszt.

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Listening Selection Used: Allegro animato from Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major

Listen to a Piano Concerto by Franz Liszt.

Is this piece fast or slow?

What else do you notice about the music?

Play the video as many times as you need to to answer the questions that follow.

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Optional: Complete an analysis worksheet

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Listening Selection Used: Allegro animato from Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major

Optional: Complete an analysis worksheet

You can print the worksheet page, or you can save paper and ink by writing the answers on your own piece of paper!

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