Middle School Lesson 14

In this lesson you will

  • clap or play along with triplet rhythms
  • “March from the Nutcracker” – learn to desk drum or bucket drum
  • Christmas Shopping Blues” learn the song and about the 12-bar blues
  • Optional: complete a worksheet on the 12-bar blues
  • #43 “Snowflakes” – review song, “Jingle Bells” partner song
  • #44 “Christmas at the Hop” – review song
  • #45 “Christmas Line Dance” – review song

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can play triplet rhythms.
  • I can describe the 12-bar blues.

Teaching Procedure

1 Clap or play along with triplet rhythms

Clap or play along with triplet rhythms.

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2 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

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

Practice Page 2

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

Practice Page 4
(Page 3 is a repeat of page 1.)

5 Drum to "March from the Nutcracker"

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6 Watch a performance of "March from the Nutcracker" under black lights

Watch a performance of "March from the Nutcracker" under black lights.

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Song Used: Christmas Shopping Blues

7 Learn to sing "Christmas Shopping Blues"

Learn to sing "Christmas Shopping Blues".

Pause the video at the end of a line and sing it back.

Play the video again, and sing along.

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8 Create movement to go with the song "Christmas Shopping Blues"

Create movement to go with the song "Christmas Shopping Blues".

You can watch the students in the video for ideas.

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9 Learn about the 12-bar blues

Learn about the 12-bar blues.

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10 Optional: Complete a worksheet about the 12-bar blues

Optional: Complete a worksheet about the 12-bar blues.

If you teach in-person and have Boomwhackers, play the root of the chords on Boomwhackers (or barred instruments).

Teach the chords used and try playing along with the song.
C = CEG
F = FAC
G = GBDF

Song Used: Snowflakes

11 Optional: Review song #43 "Snowflakes"

Optional: Review 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

12 Optional: Review #44 "Christmas at the Hop"

Optional: Review #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

13 Optional: Review #45 "Christmas Line Dance"

Optional: Review #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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