Create a Music Notebook by following the instructions below.
Recommended study time: Tuesday & Thursdays , 45 minutes.
Read 3 or more biographies of famous musicians.
(Library books and/or Internet-Classical
Pick one composer. Research his life and write a biographical
sketch for your notebook (minimum of 750 words).
Attend at least one concert or musical.
Explore the relationship between math and music with
Visit the following websites to learn about the orchestra,
the instruments, the composers, the musical periods, and more.
Music Page: http://www.baroquemusic.org
Music Room: http://www.empire.k12.ca.us/capistrano/Mike/capmusic/music_room/themusic.htm
Francisco Symphony Kids’ Site. Compose a song
of your own! http://www.sfskids.org/templates/home.asp?pageid=1
Essentials of Music: Click on glossary to learn about music
Hear America Singing, history of american songwriters. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ihas
about the instruments. Select a country, see a photo &
hear the sound.
About the Instruments: http://DataDragon.com/education/instruments
and Renaissance Instruments.
Early music from England, France, Spain, etc: http://www.jsayles.com/familypages/earlymusic.htm
a music quiz: http://www.quia.com/dir/music
Composer Archive. http://voyager.physics.unlv.edu/webpages2/websyt/archive.html
Symphony, An Interactive Guide. http://library.thinkquest.org/22673
Music Archives. Listen to the music! http://www.classicalarchives.com
Meet musicians. Listen to the orchestra. Play music. http://www.playmusic.org/
Research the History of Music and Musical Periods. Make a
timeline identifying the various periods and illustrate for
and Saul (Bible History)
Period (1900 - present)
Musical terms. Create a dictionary for notebook by identifying
the following terms:
Acappela, Accent, Arpeggio, Bar, Chord
, Coda, Downbeat, Dynamics, Expression, Fifth, Glissando, Harmony,
Improvise, Key, Measure, Melody, Pitch, Rhythm, Scale, Staff, Syncopation, Tempo, Third, Timbre, Time, Tone, Troubadours
addition terms as you read about them.
9. Listen to
six (or more) of the following musical forms.
Use this website and recordings from the library. List
title and the form to which it belonged. Write an opinion
piece about your favorite form and add to your notebook.
Ballet, Canon, Cantata, Celtic, Chamber
Music, Chorale, Concerto, Etude, Folk
Music, Fugue, Gregorian
Chant, Madrigal, March, Opera, Orchestra, Overture, Rhapsody, Scherzo, Serenade, Sonata, Suite, Symphony
Research at least three instruments for each category below.
For each instrument, make a page for your notebook. Explain
it’s history, how it makes music, what type
of music is performed on the instrument, and illustrate with
a drawing or photo.
Strings, Woodwind, Percussion, Brass, Piano,
Read the following books (* denotes out of print. Check interlibrary
loan or used book stores):
of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times, and What the
Neighbors Thought by Kathleen Krull. Doesn't
always paint a rosy picture but VERY interesting. 5th+
Spiritual Lives of Composers by
Patrick Kavanaugh. Excellent for students in grades 6-12.
Twelve composers are discussed: Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart,
Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner, Dvorak,
Ives, and Stravinsky. The easy-to-read text provides a
brief biography of the composer along with information
about how his personal faith affected his music. Excellent.
A highly recommended addition for your personal library.
of the Orchestra by
Robert Levine. This is a wonderful resource for teaching
about the instruments, the composers, and the music
of an orchestra. Includes a CD so you can listen too!
on the Deck* by Lois Dick (Out of print but
well worth locating to add to your library.)
Make your own musical instruments: http://www.prekinders.com/music.htm
3. Activities for all ages:
Whistle Party Planner: Plan a party with an orchestra
theme. (Home Economics)
Lesson Plans and Webquests.