Grade 4 Lesson 33


In this lesson, you will:

  • #86 “Old Blue” – learn the song
  • create a rhythm pattern of your own
  • learn about Franz Liszt

Supporting Resources


  • I can create a rhythm pattern.
  • I can use half notes in a rhythm pattern.
  • I can listen and think about a piano concerto.

Teaching Procedure

1 Warm up Your Voices by Singing the Solfa Notes with the Video

Use the video to warm up your singing voice.

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Song Used: Old Blue

2 Read the Words for the Song "Old Blue"

Read the words for the song "Old Blue."

What is the song about?

Is the song happy or sad?

Song Used: Old Blue

3 Echo the Rhythms in the Song "Old Blue"

Echo the rhythms in the song "Old Blue."

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4 Listen to the song "Old Blue"

Listen to the song "Old Blue."

What is the mood of this song in the recording?

Play the video again and sing along.

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Song Used: Old Blue

5 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."

6 Is it One Sound or Two?

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

7 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.

8 Watch the Video About the Composer Franz Liszt

Watch the video about the composer Franz Liszt.

9 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.

10 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!

11 Optional Extra!

If you would like to learn more about Franz Liszt, this one hour video is partly fictional but based on the life and times of Franz Liszt.

12 Review Last Week's Module or Any of the Songs You Like!

Repetition is one of the ways that we learn something well.

Children improve singing on pitch, learn the lyrics and melody better with each repetition.

Children will develop their musicality if you sing, move, and play more often!

Keep a list of the songs and activities that you like.

13 Assessment

Assessment may not be required for your school or district.

Your teacher may ask you to email one of the suggested assessments.

14 Music IS Literacy

Parents, Teachers and Administration:

Music education is important for children.

Whether in class or at home, keep our children singing, playing, moving, listening and creating music!