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Looking to use Middle School Lesson 35 in your Middle School classroom?

While teaching this learning module you will cover multiple concepts including: Beat, Dynamics, Form, Tempo, Timbre of Voices, Harmony

You'll also cover the themes of: Composers, Eras in Music, 1900s

Middle School Lesson 35

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Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Learn about the song “Midnight Special”
  2. Teach “Midnight Special”
  3. Learn about Lead Belly
  4. Optional: Watch a biography of Lead Belly
  5. Compare performances of “Midnight Special”
  6. Optional: Complete the Comparison Worksheet
  7. “Midnight Special” performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  8. Paul McCartney performs “Midnight Special”
  9. Practice the parts for “Midnight Special” on bucket drum
  10. Play bucket drum to “Midnight Special”

Extensions

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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Song Used: Midnight Special

Learn about the song “Midnight Special”

Read the slide.

Teach “Midnight Special”

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Song Used: Midnight Special

Teach “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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Song Used: Midnight Special

Learn about Lead Belly

Read the slide.

Click on the slide to open the YouTube link. If the link doesn't work, search the internet for "Lead Belly Midnight Special".

Optional: Watch a biography of Lead Belly

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Song Used: Midnight Special

Optional: Watch 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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Compare performances of “Midnight Special”

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Song Used: Midnight Special

Compare performances of “Midnight Special”

Read the slide. A printable version of this worksheet is in Supporting Resources.

Compare the three performances of the song.

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

Optional: Complete the Comparison Worksheet

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Song Used: Midnight Special

Optional: Complete the Comparison Worksheet

“Midnight Special” performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Song Used: Midnight Special

“Midnight Special” performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival

This is a YouTube link.

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"

This is a YouTube link.

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.

Play bucket drum to “Midnight Special”

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Instrument Song Used: Midnight Special

Play bucket drum to “Midnight Special”

Play the whole song.

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