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Looking to use Middle School Lesson 33 in your Middle School classroom?

While teaching this learning module you will cover multiple concepts including: Beat, Harmony, Time Signature

Middle School Lesson 33

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Concepts(s):
Beat, Harmony, Time Signature
Tone Set(s):
fa
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Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Teach “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep No More”
  2. Add a descant
  3. Add body percussion to the chorus
  4. Discuss the time signature
  5. Play the song on an instrument
  6. Read about the song (compile the two slides)
  7. Watch Pete Seeger’s “If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus”
  8. Review the listening questions
  9. Listen to Georgia Field Hands sing “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep No More”
  10. Listen to Bruce Springsteen sing “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep No More”
  11. Compare the 1929 and Bruce Springsteen performances
  12. Optional: Watch a biography on Bruce Springsteen

Extensions:

Musicplay is a menu. The teacher is not expected to teach every song or activity. Choose the songs and activities from the list that will best fit your schedule and the needs of your students.

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can create an accompaniment for a song.
  • I can compare and respond to two performances.

Teach “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep No More”

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Teach “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep No More”

Play a line, then echo.

Continue until you have sung verse 1.

Play the video again and sing the whole song.

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Add a descant

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Add a descant

Learn the descant.

Sing the descant with the chorus.

Add body percussion to the chorus

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Add body percussion to the chorus

Learn the body percussion shown below.

Perform the body percussion while singing the chorus.

Discuss the time signature

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Discuss the time signature

Play the song on an instrument

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Play the song on an instrument

Sing the pitch letter names.

Try playing the song on an instrument.

A link to a glockenspiel is given below.

Read about the song

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Read about the song

YouTube link to Pete Seeger's "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus"

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YouTube link to Pete Seeger's "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus"

During the Civil Rights Movement, different words were written using a similar melody. It was called "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus."

This is a YouTube link.

If the link doesn't work, search internet for "Pete Seeger If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus".

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Listen to Georgia Field Hands sing “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep No More”

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Listen to Georgia Field Hands sing “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep No More”

These are questions to think about as you listen to the 1929 performance.

Click on the slide to open the YouTube link. If the link doesn't work, search internet for "Georgia Field Hands, Oh Mary Don't You Weep no More".

Listen to Bruce Springsteen sing "Oh Mary Don't You Weep No More"

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Listen to Bruce Springsteen sing "Oh Mary Don't You Weep No More"

These are questions to think about as you listen to the Bruce Springsteen performance.

Click on the slide to open the YouTube link. If the link doesn't work, search internet for "Bruce Springsteen Oh Mary Don't You Weep no More".

Compare the 1929 and Bruce Springsteen performances

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Compare the 1929 and Bruce Springsteen performances

This worksheet is given as a printable in Supporting Resources.

Complete the worksheet, or have a discussion about similarities and differences in the two performances.

Optional: Watch a biography on Bruce Springsteen

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Optional: Watch a biography on Bruce Springsteen

This is a YouTube link.

If the link doesn't work, search internet for "Bruce Springsteen biography".

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