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Get into the Groove with Style

Roberto Gonzalez-Trigo
Miami-Dade County Schools

Description

Style! Style! Style! Your students will identify four styles of music that are exciting and fun to learn. They will learn Classical, Rock, Jazz, and Caribbean music.

Objectives

The student performs a variety of music genres and styles expressively on classroom and ethnic instruments (e.g., pop, folk, Caribbean, Polynesian, and classical).

Materials

- CD Player
- CDs with examples of Rock, Classical, Carribean, and Jazz music or selections made from the weblinks. (see Weblink)
-An internet accessible computer (if Weblink selections are used)
- Piano or keyboard
- Small basket or box
- Each student needs:
A. Bells
B. Mallet
C. Tabletop music stand
D. One stylistic fact
E. One copy of each sheet of music styles.
- 10 Instruments of each:
A. Triangle (for reinforcement in Classical style)
B. Maracas (for reinforcement in Carribean style)
C. Tambourine (for reinforcement in Rock style)
D. Rhythm Sticks (for reinforcement in Jazz style)

Preparations

1. Print out one copy of the Style fact sheet.((see File)
2. Print out and cut into strips the four fact sheets. (see File)
3. Print out enough sets of sheet music for each student to have one set of four sheets (see File).
4. Set up CD player and selections of listening examples.
5. Place on each desk a set of bells, a mallet, tabletop music stand, and 4 sheets of music. (see file)
6. Have 10 triangles, maracas, tambourines, and rhythm sticks separated into piles.
7. Have one set of each instrument for modeling throughout the lesson.

Procedures

Session 1:
1. As the students enter the room, ask them to take a musical style fact strip from a basket or box.

2. Using the style fact sheet (see File), pick one fact and read it aloud.

3. Ask the students to look at their strips and raise their hand if they have the same fact that was just read.

4. Ask the student(s) who has that same fact to come up to the front of the class and not reveal his/her answer until the class gets a chance to figure it out.

5. Students who are still seated will then select from these four styles which should be written on the board by the teacher: Rock, Carribean, Jazz, Classical.

6. The class must now state to which style of music they believe the fact belongs.

7. Ask the student(s) that came up to the front of the class to reveal the answer.

8. Discuss this fact.

9. Ask the student(s) who are standing to return the fact strip to the basket/box. They may return to their seats.

10. Repeat this procedure until most or all of the facts have been read.

Session 2:
11. Students should already have on their desk a set of bells, a mallet, tabletop music stand and four sheets of music. The sheets are copies of examples of the four music styles provided in the attached file.

12. Review proper playing technique for the bells.

13. Teach each piece of music using your particular method of teaching.

14. Make sure to state the name and style of the piece (labeled on each sheet).

15. The students and the teacher should then play through each piece with either a rhythmic keyboard accompaniment or with the teacher's assistance on the piano.

16. Give feedback on stylistic technique for each style, i.e. implied accents, stretching or shortening of notes.

17. Collect materials for this activity.

Session 3:
18. Direct students to take out a sheet of paper and number it from 1-10.

19. Using the CD player and/or computer, play ten selections of music, at random, of the four musical styles in this lesson (Rock, Carribean, Jazz, Classical).

20. After each selection, have students write on the paper the style they believe they heard.

21. Allow a few minutes for peer review of students' findings by directing students to trade papers with a neighboring classmate.

Session 4:
22. Distribute an equal number of triangles, tambourines, rhythm sticks, and maracas to students.


23. Review correct technique for playing each instrument.

24. Using the CD player, pick one music style and listening example and model a simple rhythmic ostinato with each instrument as follows:
A. Triangle (for reinforcement in Classical style)
B. Maracas (for reinforcement in Carribean style)
C. Tambourine (for reinforcement in Rock style)
D. Rhythm Sticks (for reinforcement in Jazz style)

25. The group with the same instrument as the teacher should emulate with proper technique and attention to tempo.

26. Repeat these steps for all the other styles.

27. Collect all the instruments.

Assessments

This is a formative assessment. Checklists will be used to assess students on knowledge of different styles of music. An answer key is provided in the associated file.

Web Links

Web supplement for Get into the Groove with Style
Caribbean Music

Web supplement for Get into the Groove with Style
Classical Music

Web supplement for Get into the Groove with Style
Jazz Music

Web supplement for Get into the Groove with Style
Rock Music

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