A Charles Ives, a modern American composer, wrote music on the train to and from work. Like his contemporary, George Gershwin, he was inspired by the sounds around him--including the sound of the train wheels.
Please complete each section of this unit in order, if you finish early, continue on to the next numbered section. All the work can be done during class time. Have fun!
#1. Print out and complete the History of Instruments activity sheet. You will have one week to complete this project and you may work with a partner.
# 2. Choose either a classical composer OR jazz musician to research. You must use two biography books in addition to online resources. Please use books from these lists: Classical Biographies / Jazz Biographies. Import the biography research project pages into a Word file or print out, these will be due in two weeks and you will present your research to the class.
# 3. Discover the music of Asia, Eurasia, India, Africa, and the Middle-East by visiting the links below, then take the quiz to see what you learned. As you know, some of the instruments from these civilizations were used and invented before the lute and other ancient European instruments. You will have one week to complete this section of the unit, you may work together.
#4. Based on what you've learned, create your own musical composition to share with the class. Instruments will be available, and you will have two weeks to complete this project including the cover design and binding. You may work with a partner if you would like and have fun!
BRAVO! You're done! If you have finished all your work before the others, please spend some time with the additional biography books in the classroom library and the Websites below. You may also choose to do an additional biography or music composition project for extra credit!
Additional Recommended Web sites for the musical mind.
Arts Alive--this link will bring you to the music Website for the National Arts Center of Canada. Wonderful biographical information on classical composers for kids plus downloadable activity pages for parents and teachers.
The Music Room--a comprehensive music education Website for elementary and middle school students. All material is for educational purposes only. Enjoy!
Philharmonic's Kidzone Compose Your Own Music
area--Have fun making music with different interactive features!
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