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Performing on Instruments

Roberto Gonzalez-Trigo
Coral Terrace Elementary School (Miami-Dade County Schools)


This mini unit plan enables students to familiarize themselves with the basic buiding blocks of music (notes and patterns). They discover the similiarities of music and math through manipulatives and instruments. Students are engaged with learning expressive concepts such as tempo and dynamics as they discover patterns that can be used in music and math.


What are patterns?


The planned duration of this activity is 10 days.

Associated Files

Unit Plan Overview     File Extension:  pdf

Diagnostic Assessment     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment     File Extension:  pdf

Lesson Plans

Let's Play
In order for students to read music, they must be able to recognize and perform individual notes and patterns. Watch students' faces for pure enjoyment as they demonstrate patterns aurally through hand/body movements, visually through manipulatives, and finally perform them on instruments.

Let's Play Again
Expression is an important element in music. This lesson plan will enable students to familiarize themselves with basic variances in dynamics and tempo, and later perform them on instruments. The lesson will conclude with review activities.
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