Differentiating in a Band Setting

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I know, I know. Education jargon at its finest. “Differentiating”. Geez.
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However, lets get real. I know I would have benefited GREATLY from this little word if it had even existed back then. I’m very much a kinetics and visual learner. If my band directors/music teachers been more hands on with that concept, rhythms would have been exponentially easier for me.

With Google Classroom, I have been able to practice Differentiating in my classroom to a whole new level with one-on-one tutorials via videos or adding assignments to improve certain students’ weaknesses. HOW COOL!

Did you know:

  • Google Classroom allows students to submit videos (HELLO CHAIR TESTS!)
  • Google Classroom allows you to give students separate assignments (lil’ Bobbie can get an water-downed version of an assignment to meet his IEP/504).
  • Google Classroom can link up with a composition website called “Flat”. Students can collaborate, share, compose, and submit through Flat and is shared on Google Classroom (SAY WHA!)
  • Google Classroom gives teachers the option to write personalize comments on their assignments for individualize feedback
  • Google Classroom can give students the opportunity create discussion through critiquing and evaluating others performances

Here is how I’ve used Google Classroom personally:

Chair Tests

I give my students Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to turn in their video via Google Classroom App. They can record within the App and submit it with ease.

Why do this? It gives me time to sit down and concentrate on my students individually (without distractions). I can give accurate feedback as I can rewind back to certain spots to actually hear what is being done incorrect and make the appropriate comments. I ALSO provide my students with a visual feedback using this format. I print this off, comment and make marks, and then give them out to each appropriate student:

Playing Test - Google Docs

Quick Polls

You can ask your classes quick questions during class (if you have electronics) or before or after a lesson to get an idea of student self-assessment, such as “What do we need to work on tomorrow?” or “In ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’ what measure is the hardest?” These allow your students to express concern with actually needing to be vocal in class. This is great for Gifted students because they feel like they have a part in the decision making and for special education students, you get an idea of where they are at in your lessons or rehearsals.

Tutorial Videos

You can create a tutorial video for your students or insert youtube videos of tutorials for your students. This is great because students that need that extra help and much repetition can utilize this at home. When I do my tutorial videos, I create them first, playing through the section of the piece (if it’s long). Second, I go through the hard parts or the sections that would cause difficulty with explanation of how to improve it with at home practice (go over counts, fingering of notes, tricks, tips), then I play through it again at a slower tempo so they can play along. This has worked great for many of my special needs students and the students that succeed in class also utilize it for practice.

**side note: If you know ANYTHING about student practice, often times it is inefficient and unproductive in most cases (not all), these videos give their practice direction and interaction**

**Another side note: Add in Playposit in your video, and it’s a totally different interaction** ::fist bump::

This are a few basic ways I use Google Classroom in my band room. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed implementing it and I think the kids have enjoyed it as well.

Comment below how you’ve used Google Classroom and how it’s help your students. I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW OTHERS ARE USING IT.

The Art of Music

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“The Art of Music” is a collaborative lesson done between the art teacher and the music teacher. This lesson can be done with choir, band or general music classes. This is how we implemented this assignment for art and general music classes. ENJOY!

BUT FIRST, you might want to watch this video which gave us inspiration! You can even show this to your kids!

ART:

  1. The art teacher cut up cardboard boxes into 4×7 rectangles.
  2. The students took yarn and glue and sculpted a line onto the cardboard.
  3. Tin Foil was put over the cardboard and yarn (covered and taped on the back). This was cool, because it created raised areas on the art work.
  4. Students drew a music staff on the tin foil and then added colors with permanent markers.

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MUSIC:

  1. I discussed with the students on music interpretation and how everyone’s view is different.
  2. Student determined what the line and colors meant to them. For Example: The curves mean More or Less instruments and the colors mean what instruments. OR curves could mean dynamics and the colors mean different notes or rhythms.
  3. My general music class interpreted their art work as notation through Garage Band on our iPads. (we used the “smart” instruments or the loop effects)
  4. After they were done, they titled their music with their name and I downloaded them on to my Google Drive account.
  5. I got the link to their downloaded songs on Google Drive and converted the links to QR codes. TIP: You can create a Google Sheet and use the QR code description in the next column. Pretty cool. Here is the description I used that you can copy and paste into your sheet:

=image(“https://chart.googleapis.com/chart?chs=150×150&cht=qr&chl=”&A2)

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     6. Print off the QR codes, cut them out and put them on the art work to display in the hallway. This is great for Parent Teacher Conferences because they can find their child’s artwork and scan the QR code to listen to their song they created!!!!

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If you are wanting to do this for band or choir, have your students use their respective “instruments” to create their music. This doesn’t have to be traditional sounds either; mouthpieces, clicking of keys, flutter tonguing, beat boxing, etc. GET CREATIVE! You can even have other kids interpret each others art work!

Buddy Program Surprise

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Do you ever have an idea and wonder if you are crazy? Yeah, I do this on multiple occasions…not just in life, but in education.

When I created the Buddy Program there were a lot of reservations that I had about it. Goal: Students become independent learners as they explore teaching each other and improve musicianship in the process.

“Will the kids ACTUALLY do their part?”

“Will they ACTUALLY help each other achieve goals?”

“Or will they just sit there staring at a wall wondering why Mrs. Williams was cray-cray?”

Well, I am here to tell you several things, but the biggest point I want to make, is that it actually works.

You can see of my reaction after I realized this was a good idea… (not sure if this link will work, but its my Instagram account)

How does it work?

Each 7th grader is paired up with a 6th grader. I had them fill out information about themselves, like “How do you like to spend your time?”, “What’s your favorite music/sport?”, “How do you get home?”, “What technology do you have at home?”, etc.

As one student put it – “Mrs. Williams, this is like eHarmony for Band…” As awkward a statement as that was…it was true.

I wanted to pair them up with someone that they could relate to on multiple levels. I took into account personalities, motivation in class, background knowledge of music, and so much more. I have to say, I could make this a profession – pairing up students to because successful musicians. : )

Once they were paired up, we did a quick “Get Together” to meet their Buddies. You would have thought this was 10 minutes of torture. I would call each partners name to introduce themselves, of which they would shyly wave and do that weird face like “oh my gosh, what do I do now?”

But when I told them to get with their Buddy to exchange contact info (with parent consent) and set up their first Buddy time on my classroom calendar that I have on display, I could hear giggling, nervous laughter, and excitement….not sure if this was a sign of absolute chaos and destruction, or an actual successful “out of the box” concept.

Good News: I asked the kids in class the next day what they thought of their Buddy… I heard:

“Oh my gosh, MRS. WILLIAMS! I have the COOLEST Buddy EVER!”

“Mrs. Williams, my Buddy is so pretty! She seems so cool!” (Side Note: Don’t worry, I made it clear to this student that looks should not be the judgement call on this scenario…or any scenario…)

“Mrs. Williams, I feel like my Buddy and I are going to become great friends.” (Side Note: And they are)

And that was that. Kids come in once every two weeks to have a 15 minute session with their buddy and fill out a lesson template on Google Classroom for a grade (both the 6th grader and 7th grader). They work on Tests coming up, Music Theory, or struggles they are having with concert music. This is my time to sit back and bawl like a baby…(which I literally shed a tear the first time it happened and I could hear my 7th graders quoting me as an instruction tool). NEVER have I had students come in and upset, confused, disappointed, or frustrated. They leave their lessons more confident, better equipped, and with high expectations of themselves. It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done in a classroom.

If you are wanting to implement this, here are some tips:

Google Classroom: This is an amazing tool to use for assignments, announcements and grades. The kids can edit a Google Doc and it saves it as “Student X’s Copy”. So each individual students submits their own assignment edited. It’s amazing. Best way to do the Buddy Program, personally.

Technology Disadvantages: Technology might not be in every household in your district. I have several students whose internet has been disconnected, doesn’t exist, or don’t have a device to use at home to fill out the Google Template. Solution: I have the student understand that our school computer lab is available to them in the morning, during homeroom, or after school. If it’s still impossible for them to fill it out, I have them do it on my computer/iPad. There are ways around it and I haven’t had a parent complain because the resources are available during the school day.

You have more 7th graders than 6th graders (or visa-versa): I had fewer 7th than I did 6th, so I doubled up (which the kids were totally cool with). It breaks the ice better anyway.

You don’t know when kids can meet: I gave my students SEVERAL options. 1) Before school 2) After School 3) During Homeroom 4) FaceTime (with parent permission). This allows them to be responsible for their own time and to communicate with one another.

Organization: I talked about this for a few weeks before implementing. I gave hardcopy templates of what was expected and gave explanations. I have a big calendar on the wall that the students have to set appointments on and it HAS to be done 24 hours before they meet (otherwise, needs to be addressed to me) – this is so there are no conflicts with times or supervision. Make sure parent signatures are somewhere in your handouts. The parents need to be just involved with this – not so much to do it, but to know schedules and expectations.

Resources I use: 

Student Questionnaire 

Explanation of the Program/Buddy Template

Comfort Zones

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Comfort Zone. It’s like sitting on a couch with popcorn watching Netflix (GUILTY). You don’t have to think about much. You’re just stationary. Nothing really challenges you…except maybe that popcorn kernel that is stuck in your teeth.

Comfort Zones are, really, a trap. The teachers that inspire and touch lives – Comfort Zones don’t exist. Those teachers reach for the stars every single day, and bring their kids along the journey.

This year, I wanted to reach out to other directors and challenge them to get out of their Comfort Zones. This year, I wanted to get my students to do things they never thought they were capable of.


Google Hangout 

Google Hangout is quite amazing. Even 10 years ago, conference calls were only for the “big wigs” of companies and never mentioned in a school setting.

I’ve started a program in Arkansas to help bring the Band Director community together, while keeping the kids engaged. This is definitely in Beta Testing right now. I’m meeting with some band directors that are interested in Google Hangout (all 13 of them) this weekend to discuss expectations and collaborate for this new program that, I’m hoping, will be a fantastic success.

Concept:

  • Band Directors will be able to have LIVE audiences evaluate their performances with just a touch of a button, while give the audience evaluation/analysis experience.
  • Students will be able to lead discussions and introduce concepts to other band settings from around the state.
  • Band Directors will be able to share knowledge face-to-face instead of at Band Functions that happen only a couple times a year (of which we can actually discuss and not get caught up in supervising and judging try-outs).

I’m really hoping this program MAKES us get out of our Comfort Zones and that it’s a positive experience (with Technology on our side).

Neat Things:

Did you know that Google Hangout allows you to collaborate in COMPOSING! Traditional notation and Digital Production! SERIOUSLY! You can look at each other FACE TO FACE and see the composition screen to collaborate. SO INCREDIBLY COOL!

Did you know that you can have Q&As? What if we did a 5 minute lesson about a concept and have a Q&A segment BEFORE the students come to class the next day.

You can record your computer screen and share it on YouTube for students to access if they don’t know how to do a program. WHAT!?!


Buddy Program

My percussion class is so fun and excited, but most students get a little overwhelmed with the class due to the expectation of immediate success.

So, I decided to create the Buddy Program. This is giving the students opportunity to help each other and gives the older students responsibilities and experience in serving others.

Older students are paired up with younger students (for me 7th grade students paired with 6th grade students). They filled out a questionnaire:

  • How do you get home?
  • When can you give/take lessons?
  • Do you have access to Face Time/Skype?
  • What music do you listen to?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Student/Parent Signature
  • Parent Approval of what information can be shared between students

Initial Handout

**essentially, it’s like eHarmony for Band (as my 6th grade percussionist pointed out)**

I will do a “gathering” in our homeroom class and have the students meet each other. They will exchange information that was approved by parents ahead of time and set up their first Lesson together. I’ll go over expectations and steps to turn in Lesson Plans (see below).

The “Buddies” are given a lesson plan template. They decide on what they want to accomplish, how to succeed, and what practice goals will be for the upcoming week. They will turn this in to me through Google Classroom and be graded on their answers.

Buddy Program Lesson Plan Template

My hope is that this will bring community between both grades and allow for student leadership with enough freedom to give them responsibility, create friendships, and take ownership of their success and their “Buddy’s” success.

I’m so excited about what this will bring to my classrooms and the achievements that will follow. Ultimately, though, I’m pumped about these students thinking about others instead of themselves and learning how to be compassionate during this process.


With all this said, think outside the box and get out of your Comfort Zone. Impact lives. Let students be the leaders they CRAVE to be. Teach life lessons in the process. Have fun with it.

Now, for some Netflix. : )

The Summer of Presentations

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Is it sad that I’m excited school starts tomorrow? Not only because my kids are going to be amazing, but because my life will actually slow down? I’ve been going non-stop all summer long prepping for presentations, giving presentations, answering presentation questions, going to marching practice and supervising flag practices. All of which I LOVE, don’t get me wrong. But, whew.

I’ve become very humbled in this process of presenting, because it gets me out of my comfort zone. I’m naturally a social person, I LOVE people. So it was never an issue for me to present. But the humbling part is to hear my audience; their needs, their questions, their issues, and even a lot of them helping me answer questions during my presentation or able to problem solve something I could not. They constantly challenge me and I absolutely love helping others make their lives easier. I DEFINITELY learn more presenting than I do any other way. I tell people all the time, “If I could just sit with adults and collaborate to create new ideas to use in the classroom…that would make my day!”

These people were up on a Saturday to hear about Creative Concepts in a Band setting! Only cool people do that!

These people were up on a Saturday to hear about Creative Concepts in a Band setting! Only cool people do that!

With all that said, I would LOVE to share a couple things I’ve presented on this past summer. These definitely stand out to me as helpful tools!

Chrome Extensions

Chrome is a miraculous thing! It has made so many things easier for me during the school year. Just open Chrome > three horizontal bars (top right hand corner of the browser) > Tools > Extensions > More Extensions

Split Screen

This has been a HUGE time saver. Entering grades is a pain, especially when you are transferring them from one tab to another. This actually SPLITS the browser screen. No more switching back and forth. This is also great to use with Padlet and a video to evaluate!!!

QR Code Extension

Want kids to scan a QR code without you having to print one out? This extension automatically puts one on the screen for you!

Plickers

Plickers is a really awesome concept! Each student is represented by an image (you determine it) and whatever way the student turns the card it represents a multiple choice answer (ex. upside down = B multiple choice answer). You can have up to 40 images and can REUSE the images for another class. These are scanned by your phone or tablet and can be from quite a distance!!! CRAZY!!!! This is also great to take attendance!

Google Classroom

I’m super pumped to be using Google Classroom this year. Being able to communicate with students, receive assignments digitally, and have students interactive with each other in a safe environment will be AMAZING! Check out this video!

AppSheet Add-On

AppSheet is an add-on in Google Forms. This allows your form to be made into an app! Students can download it from a link you give them (cannot be found on the App Store). This is great if you have section leaders take attendance for you! It’s timestamped and EVERYTHING!!!!! Cool, huh?

For All Rubrics

I’ve talked about this before and it’s amazing. But they have just recently added a feature where students can sign up for your class either with a link or with a code. This means that you DO NOT have to import a roster! Can anyone say Time Saver? : )

Live Video Lessons with other Schools

I’m very excited to be starting this project! I’ve gotten quite a few Arkansas Band Programs taking part in this experience. We will be collaborating to create a community between bands across the state. This means students will lead lessons to other school districts, evaluating other band performances (GREAT concert assessment prep!), and show off what they have been doing in their school! This is going to be amazing and I can HARDLY wait to see what is going to happen with these students…and dare I say, these Band Directors! Video conferencing with band directors to collaborate, discuss what works and what doesn’t, and take education to a whole other direction. 2015-2016 is going to ROCK!!!!

With an ending note, for the first time since I’ve taught, I finally have my own room (before I was traveling to 4 different classrooms – even 6 at one point). So, my decorating and prepping has been crazy these past 2 weeks in preparation for my kiddos to experience a fantastic year!

Planbook.com made into QR codes for kids to scan for lesson plans for the year (it updates live- so just one QR code is needed).

Planbook.com made into QR codes for kids to scan for lesson plans for the year (it updates live- so just one QR code is needed).

Yes, I'm a Star Trek nerd and proud. I even integrated it with music!

Yes, I’m a Star Trek nerd and proud. I even integrated it with music! (realized I need to switch Go and Boldly…I was so exhausted when I taped those up : / )

I've got my Doctor Who to protect me in times of distress.

I’ve got my Doctor Who to protect me in times of distress.

I did an Open House Photo Booth! Yes, those are practice flags in the background...shhhhh...

I did an Open House Photo Booth! Yes, those are practice flags in the background…shhhhh…

Desk ready, binders prepped, bulletin boards done, and a space ready for learning. BRING IT!

Desk ready, binders prepped, bulletin boards done, classroom rules ready for students to create, and a space ready for learning. BRING IT!

I hope everyone has a fantastic year! I encourage all of you to do something outside your comfort zone. Create an environment to let kids become involved and interactive. Love on them, listen to them, and let them be the little adults they so desperately want to become. Make mistakes, fix the mistakes, and learn from them. Have patience and compassion for those that challenge you. Make this year unforgettable for these kiddos, because they deserve it!

Digital Program for the MASSES!

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Music concerts are such a fantastic way to show the audience how hard your students have worked over the course of several months. The parents are the paparazzi and the students are the celebrity. You are somehow surrounded by little ones (or tall ones if you teach high school) after the concert asking for selfies with you to document this momentous moment.

But, what about the audience? They listen to the music, they applaud either in the right or wrong moments (movements are a hard transition), and they sit quietly as the students are awarded with pieces of paper of significance.

I know there is starting to become more technology involved with  concerts, such as twitter feed, or Skyping the composer in the concert. But what if you could help engage the audience in a different way. Like a digital program?

I’ve recently created a digital program for our band concerts. I included:

  • Concert Etiquette video
  • A Parent Shoutout Link for students or audience to see encouraging messages from family and friends using Padlet.
  • Percussion Ensemble Videos that matched up with the live concert.
  • Links to the School/Band Website or Band Facebook Page
  • Important Dates
  • Band Director Email Links
  • Link Bios of Composers or information about a specific piece or event.

We had a lot of positive feedback from the parents and students and not to mention going from 900 copies to only 400 copies of the program (scrapbooking is still an activity for some parents).

Here is a SAMPLE of what you can do with the digital programs and how they look on a mobile device. This was not our personal program (due to private information on students and school), but I’m hoping this will get your gears going and brainstorming takes place!


So, how did I do the Digital Concert Program?

Lucidpress – creates digital brochures, flyers, or articles. Live links, videos, contact info links, etc can be placed in these templates.

***This can be linked to your Google Drive Account. Just go to New > Add More Apps > Type in Lucidpress in Search > Download App***

I learned that when you create the digital program, you need to treat it like a website. You want it to be interactive and NO MORE limitations on how many pages. Put ALL the information on there that you want. This might be the ONLY time the parents are going to see the Rental Fee due date (because lets face it, Little Susie’s backpack looks like a cat was trapped in it).


How did we get the parents to get to the Digital Program?

QR Codes and goo.gl

QR codes are a type of barcodes. You can have the parents scan it with their phones to get to the link. When you “Publish” your Lucidpress Digital Program – Copy and paste the website into the QR Generator.

goo.gl is a URL (link) shortener. Many websites have these crazy LONG web addresses (and and NOBODY got time for that!). So, creating a shorter link for your parents to type in will save time and make it less frustrating.

I created a poster for parents to scan or type in the link into their devices for access to the Digital Program. Make it big and bright so they CANNOT miss it!

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How did you do Parent Shout Outs?

Padlet – A digital newsfeed website (free). No email or signup required for the parents to participate. You just insert the link into your program. You can moderate the text that will be shared publicly (Remove or Accept the Shout out). Many parents and friends were taking selfies and typing encouraging words for those on stage. The kids felt like STARS!

You could take this a step further and have the audience create a narrative while listening to a specific piece, have students on Padlet during the concert and have them answer audience questions, etc. The sky is the limit!

***We did the Padlet ONLY before the concert and during intermission. We did this so the audience was focused on just the students performance and not getting caught up in the digital aspect of the concert***

I hope this is helpful information and that your concert is INTERACTIVE for ALL! Let the creative juices FLOW!

**I have not been paid to promote these websites or products. I’ve only found them to be helpful in furthering technology in the classroom and outside the classroom. Any issues that a raise should be addressed to the website provider directly**

Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic…and then, Doctor Who

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To continue with my Music History Unit…

I recently finished up the timelines up to the Romantic Era. Each week, the kids got involved and were given the opportunity to “joust” with hula hoops, create unique polyphonic songs, learn about some interesting instruments (like the sackbut), Harry Potter ostinato, and how music can provoke emotion.

Renaissance:

I spent some time getting the room ready for the “Renaissance Festival”. I went to the Dollar Store and found battery powered candles, decorations (streamers and the like), and hula hoops. It took about 30 minutes to decorate.

EDIT: I ended up getting more into decorating for this lesson. I did a hula hoop streamer setup on the ceiling, along with crazy awesome stain glass markers that I found a Walmart.

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Before class started, I turned out the lights in the class with renaissance music in the background. The kids were DYING to know what was about to happen (after seeing me dressed up in a medieval custom last week, they were ready). When class started, I put on some fun glasses and twirled around the hula hoops “welcoming them to the renaissance festival”. Then we had a jousting competition (AKA Hula Hoop Competition)  between the Kingdoms (as seen in the Slide Show) to see who could hula hoop the longest. I came up with goofy names, like “Sir Swagalot” and “Sir Duggie”.

Then, I go into the lesson. Each lesson I teach is broken down into Music Terms, Instruments, Dancing (optional) and Composers.

One of the fun things I incorporated into this lesson was the experiment with polyphony. We compared it to monophonic Gregorian Chant. As a class, we sang (rapped or spoke) “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” in rounds, imitating polyphony. Then I picked two (outgoing) students that would sing it with me in front of the class (in 30 seconds we had to come up with dance moves, a group name, and how to sing it (rap, sing, country, “gansta”, etc)). It was entertaining and the kids got a kick out of it.

I continued to go through the lesson, in making sure the students understood the music terms, compared renaissance must to current music, and we even listened to a Katy Perry Madrigal (Dark Horse). The kids loved this lesson!

Renaissance Prezi Presentation

Renaissance Handout

Lesson time: 45 Minutes

Baroque:

In the Baroque Era, we discussed ostinato and how it played a role in Baroque Era. We watched an instructional video and then we watched….wait for it….HARRY POTTER PALS video. If you are unfamiliar with it, its a puppet video of Harry Potter characters that use their names as ostinatos. It’s funny, light hearted, and a perfect example! I then had the kids come up with ostinatos using their names (groups of 3). They only had 2 minutes, but it worked out really well. I was impressed.

Then, we proceeded with the instruments, dancing, composers, and the Cello Guy videos at the end.

Baroque Prezi Presentation

Baroque Handout

Lesson Time: 45 minutes

Classical:

Classical Era I concentrated on mainly operas and musical forms. We discussed exposition, theme and variation, symphonies, etc.

For the exposition definition, I personified (which I had the class define- cross curriculum) the term where I introduced myself to someone in the class (shook their hand and said my name), then I talked about how it would be if we didn’t have the Exposition in a piece of music. I would walk up to someone and say “Be my best friend forever, right now). They class would laugh, but the point was made that we need to be eased into the melody rather than jumping straight into it.

For theme and variation, I sang Marry Had a Little Lamb normal and then did my variation (dramatic, various dynamics and different rhythms/ornaments, and dance moves that were ridiculous). Afterwards, the class discussed how the theme is an original idea and the variation elaborates that idea. There were some great responses!

We went into the instruments and composers. Bugs Bunny also took a part in exposing them to Classical Music.

After the lesson, I had a Photo Booth set up at the back of the class. I had paper glasses, top hats, boas, and bow ties readily available. The kids were ask to get in line (either with a group or by themselves) and pose as if they were going to walk into the opera (I was the paparazzi). The kids LOVED this! It took maybe 5 minutes to go through all the kids (I have about 30 in each class).

Classical Era Prezi Presentation 

Classical Handout

Lesson Time: 45 Minutes

Romantic:

In the Romantic Era, I ALWAYS started the class explaining that this lesson was NOT about love. Their eyes got big when they initially saw the Smartboard with the Prezi (haha).

This lessons was very simple and I really thought long and hard how to make this applicable to the students. I decided to really focus on the fact that the Romantic Era was about feeling and emotions.

The lesson itself is short but the discussions were driven and intelligent. The kids were able to apply this knowledge from the Romantic Era with the movies they watch – music provoking emotion in scenes. We talked about scary movie soundtracks, action movies, romantic movies, and comedy. They described each genre to perfection. We talked about how animated movies have a specific song that goes with each character, so the audience associates that music with the character (even without the character in the scene, so we can predict certain outcomes). At the end of the lesson, we watched several videos that altered music in the movies and how vital it is to have the music portray the emotion that needs to be felt.

Overall, the lesson was a blast to teach because the kids were so involved and they loved sharing their opinions about the music in movies. I was impressed.

Romantic Era Prezi Presentation 

Romantic Handout

Lesson Time: 45 Minutes

Doctor Who

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What better way to have the students apply previous knowledge from the unit to go on a Music History Scavenger Hunt?

The mission: Find Doctor Who and the Gregorian Chant Sheet Music to save the world.

My front door is decorated as the Tardis (the time machine): The students walk into the classroom (hopefully with a fog machine or dry ice fog) and the Mission Video will play on the Smartboard.

The students will break up into groups of 4 with iPads or phones (QR code scanner capabilities) and they will explore the different time periods with each location and hint. They will have to answer questions and riddles to get the next hint for the following location. These questions will range from composers, to instruments, to music terms. The teams must work together to get all the clues and to answer the BIG question at the end. 

It’s going to be epic. Pictures to come.

Also, I’ve been baiting them the whole 2 weeks leading up to it. I’m telling them I have something big planned and gave them a riddle, “It’s not here and now, but it is here and now.”

It’s killing them. Which makes this even sweeter.

I hope you have found the post helpful in creating Music History interesting and creative. I loved teaching it!

Any ideas that you have to share?