Music in Middle School is always a challenge, and a joy! Pre-teens are ready to experience music through writing and drawing; as well as develop a unique opinion and get cre~a~tive.
As soon as the class walks through the door, notebooks are out, ready to write down the title of the composition and the composer that will be played.
For 7 minutes, they are to listen - draw, write or both whatever the composition reminds them of:
or a story.
It's their choice to journal however they want to.
Before report cards are due, I look through their notebooks to see if they are putting effort into this assignment. (Grammar and artistic work are not graded, just thought and effort.)
I use a variety of pieces throughout the year. All styles of music are used; pieces that relate to the history we are learning about, or just any music will due.
|Mix up the music styles from week to week.|
If you have time, share information about the piece.
There will always be a few kids who want to share what they thought about the music with the whole class.
Too many ideas to list, but here are a few:
The Four Seasons
Mendelssohn: The Wedding March, March of the Fairies (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
John Williams movie themes: Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Jaws, etc..
Bela Bartok Romanian Folk Dances
Scott Joplin Maple Leaf Rag
Jimi Hendrix Star Spangled Banner
YES -especially songs with lots of instrumental and time signatures
Puccini: Madama Butterfly, La Boheme
70's Billy Joel, Pink Floyd
Native American music- flute, drums
60's - Mamas and Papas, Turtles, Elvis, Moody Blues
50's Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry
40's -Big Bands, Swing, Judy Garland
African American Songs of the South
Blues- BB King, Charlie Parker
Jazz - Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald,
War Songs- Over There, Pack All Your Troubles, Yellow Rose of Texas
American Songs - Battle Hymn, America, the Beautiful, God Bless America
Dance music 80's
Ballet - The Nutcracker, Swan Lake
Classical artists from all eras.
guitar - classical and rock
Lord of the Rings