Middle School Lesson 33 (updated 2021)

In this lesson you will

  • sing and play along with the song “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep No More”
  • learn about the origins of the song
  • learn about how the song was used during the civil rights movement
  • listen to and compare performances by Georgia Field Hands and Bruce Springsteen

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can create an accompaniment for a song.
  • I can compare and respond to two performances.

Teaching Procedure

1 Learn to sing the song "Oh Mary Don't You Weep No More"

Play a line, then echo.

Continue until you have sung verse 1.

Play the video again and sing the whole song.

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2 Add a descant

Learn the descant.

Sing the descant with the chorus.

3 Add body percussion to the chorus

Learn the body percussion shown below.

Perform the body percussion while singing the chorus.

4 Discuss the time signature

5 Learn the pitch letter names in the song

6 Play the song on an instrument

Sing the pitch letter names.

Try playing the song on an instrument.

A link to a glockenspiel is given below.

7 Link to a glockenspiel

Play the melody above on a glockenspiel.

8 Read about the song - 1

9 Read about the song - 2

10 Safeshare link to Pete Seeger's "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus"

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Pete Seeger If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus".

11 Listen to a second recording of "If You Miss Me"

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus".

12 Listening questions

These are questions to think about as you listen to the 1929 performance.

13 Link to 1929 performance

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Georgia Field Hands, Oh Mary Don't You Weep no More".

14 Listening questions

These are questions to think about as you listen to the Bruce Springsteen performance.

15 Link to Bruce Springsteen's performance

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Bruce Springsteen Oh Mary Don't You Weep no More".

16 Compare the 1929 and Bruce Springsteen performances

This worksheet is given as a printable in Supporting Resources.

Complete the worksheet, or have a discussion about similarities and differences in the two performances.

17 Optional: Bruce Springsteen biography

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Bruce Springsteen biography".