Middle School Lesson 13

In this lesson you will

  • “Overture from The Nutcracker” – clap or play along
  • learn about the Woodwind Family
  • play the game What Instrument Do you Hear?
  • “March from the Nutcracker” – learn to desk drum or bucket drum

Optional

  • #43 “Snowflakes” –  partner song with”Jingle Bells”
  • #44 “Christmas at the Hop”
  • #45 “Christmas Line Dance”

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can describe the woodwind family.
  • I can play triplet rhythms.

Teaching Procedure

1 Clap or play along with "Overture from the Nutcracker"

Clap or play along with "Overture from the Nutcracker".

Listen for the woodwind instruments that play solos in this selection.

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2 Learn about the Woodwind Family

Learn about the woodwind family of instruments.

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3 Play the game "What Instrument do you Hear?"

Play the game "What Instrument do you Hear?", select game 2.

4 Learn to desk drum or bucket drum to "March from the Nutcracker" - page 1

Learn to desk drum or bucket drum to "March from the Nutcracker".

Find something to use for a bucket and for sticks.
For a bucket, you can use an ice cream bucket or a cardboard box, or you can drum on the top of your desk.
For sticks, use two wooden spoons or two spoons. Improvise!

If you drum on a foam sheet or a piece of a yoga mat, the sound will be quieter.

You can put a foam sheet or piece of yoga mat on top of your desk or on the top of your bucket.

If you are desk drumming
top = top
rim = edge of the desk
click = click

Practice Page 1

5 Learn to drum to "March from the Nutcracker" - page 2

Practice Page 2

6 Learn to drum to "March from the Nutcracker" - page 4

Practice Page 4

(Page 3 is a repeat of page 1)

7 Drum to "March from the Nutcracker"

Drum to the "March from the Nutcracker".

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Song Used: Snowflakes

8 Optional: Learn song #43 "Snowflakes"

Optional: Learn song #43 "Snowflakes".

This is an easy partner song with "Jingle Bells".

If you are allowed to sing, it's a fun performance piece.

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Song Used: Christmas at the Hop

9 Optional: Learn #44 "Christmas at the Hop"

Optional: Learn #44 "Christmas at the Hop".

If you can sing, you could teach the song.

If singing is not allowed, create a dance to the music.

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Song Used: Christmas Line Dance

10 Optional: #45 "Christmas Line Dance"

Optional: #45 "Christmas Line Dance"

Verse 1: hip rocks throughout
Line dance during the instrumental breaks:
Say:
Right toe out, right toe in, right toe out, right toe in, right in, right in
Left toe out, left toe in, left toe out, left toe in, left in, left in
Right toe out, right toe in, right toe out, right toe in, right in, right in
Left toe out, left toe in, left toe out, left toe in, left in, left in
Tap heel to the front twice, tap toe behind twice, heel, heel, toe, toe
Tap heel to the front twice, tap toe behind twice, heel, heel, toe, toe
Tap heel to the front twice, tap toe behind twice, heel, heel, toe, toe
Tap heel to the front once, tap heel to the side once, heel, side
Tap toe behind once, bring knee up and clap! back, clap!

The line dance is choreographed so that the entire class can perform it while on risers. If you have only a small group doing the line dance, you can make it more complicated. Create actions to accompany verse 2 if you wish.

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