In this lesson you wil * read rhythm and solfa so you can sight-sing a new song * listen and play along with “Air” and then create movement for the piece * reflect on the meaning of the songs you learned

Objectives

  • I can read and sing a drm sl song.
  • I can create movement.
  • I can listen and respond to music.

Teaching Procedure

1 Music Is Literacy

A note to parents, teachers, principals and admin.

Music education is important for all learners.

For more details copy and paste these links into your browser

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2013/09/the-importance-of-keeping-the-beat/

Https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1656&context=stu_hon_theses

https://www.luther.edu/oneota-reading-journal/archive/2012/learning-literacy-through-music/

Https://www.ecu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/663701/SA-DECS-Fluency-doc.pdf

2 Play Poison Melody

Play Poison Melody

The directions are given in the video.

If you are really good at this game, do it with your eyes closed.

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3 Read the Lyrics

Read the lyrics.

Think about what the song means.

What is the song about?

Is it a funny song or a serious song?

How do the words make you feel?

Did you learn a new word in this song?

What is your favourite part of the lyrics?

Song Used: Shiny Penny

4 Listen to the song Shiny Penny

Listen to the song Shiny Penny.

The first time you hear the song, you hear the words and can see the notes highlighted as they are sung.

The second time, the song is sung in solfa. Solfa or solfege is a way of naming notes that singers use.

Play the song again, and sing along with the words and the solfa.

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Song Used: Shiny Penny

5 Watch the Kids Demo and Sing Along!

Watch the Kids Demo and Sing Along!

Do you see how the game is played? If you have 4 or 5 people in your house play the game!

When the song begins, the teacher pretends to drop a button into the hands of three or four children, and really drops the button into the hands of one child. The rest of the children watch the whole process, and at the end guess who has the button.

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6 Solfa Challenge!

After playing the game, try the Solfa Challenge!

Can you name the solfa notes in the song?

If you forget, you can press the play button and the singer will sing the solfa notes to help you.

Song Used: Shiny Penny

7 Try the Note Name Challenge

Letter names (CDEFGABC) are used by instrument players to name notes on an instrument.

If you have learned letter names, try the Letter Name Challenge.

If not, skip this step.

8 Read the Lyrics

Read the lyrics.

Think about what the song means.

What is the song about?

Is it a funny song or a serious song?

How do the words make you feel?

Did you learn a new word in this song?

What is your favourite part of the lyrics?

Song Used: The Wind

9 Listen to the song, "The Wind."

Listen to the song, "The Wind".

What instrument plays in the introduction? (flute and piano)

What kind of voices are singing? (children's choir)

Do you hear places in the song where the voices get louder (crescendo) and softer (descrescendo)?

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10 Listening Activity

Listen again, and while you listen to the song, take a piece of paper and fold it into 4 sections.

Box 1 - What do you think of when you hear the first few measures
How does the music make you feel?

Box 2 - Describe some of the elements of the music. Is it fast/slow? loud/quiet? sad/happy? What voices or instruments?

Box 3: What do you think the composer wanted you to feel? How did the composer use the elements to create a feeling?

Box 4: What did you feel? Do you think the composer was successful in making you feel it?

Listen again, and this time sing along with the chorus. (and the verses too if you can)

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11 Play Along with "Air" by Purcell

Play along with the music.

You could clap, snap, pat or play with found sounds that you have at home. You could drum with wooden spoons, or you could make a shaker with a container and some macaroni.

There is no introduction to this piece, so let the first measure go by before you join in.

There were two sections to the music in this piece. The first section is the A section, and the second section is the B section.

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12 Listen to "Air" and Complete a Listening Log

How much did you notice about "Air" while you were playing along?

Watch the Listening Log video and answer as many questions as you can.

If you have a printer, you could print the listening log and answer the questions. If you don't have a printer, use the back of your paper from The Wind and answer as many questions as you can.

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13 Can you make up Movement to Air?

Can you make up movements to go with "Air"?

Make up one set of movements to the A section and a different set of movements for the B section.

You could twist, kick, jump, do moves with your arms - any movements are good as long as you're keeping a beat with the music.

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14 Read the Lyrics

Read the lyrics.

Think about what the song means.

What is the song about?

Is it a funny song or a serious song?

How do the words make you feel?

Did you learn a new word in this song?

What is your favourite part of the lyrics?

Song Used: When You Dream

15 EXTRA - listen to the song, "When you Dream a Dream"

EXTRA - Listen to the song "When You Dream a Dream".

Think about what the song is about. What do you think the composer wanted you to think about? If you like, answer the same questions you did for "The Wind".

Box 1 - What do you think of when you hear the first few measures
How does the music make you feel?

Box 2 - Describe some of the elements of the music. Is it fast/slow? loud/quiet? sad/happy? What voices or instruments?

Box 3: What do you think the composer wanted you to feel? How did the composer use the elements to create a feeling?

Box 4: What did you feel? Do you think the composer was successful in making you feel it?

Listen again, and this time sing along with the chorus. (and the verses too if you can)

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16 Assessment Suggestions

Your teacher will tell you what you need to send for assessment. Here are some suggestions:
1. screen shot your Solfa Challenge or Note Name Challenge and email.
2. Send your answers to the Wind Song.
3. Send your listening log for "Air".
4. Send a video of your beat movements for "Air".

Your teacher might tell you to skip some parts of the lesson. Enjoy singing, moving, and listening to music!

17 Music Education is Important!

Music Education is Important
- whether you are learning in a school or learning at home!