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7-Minute Journal

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.
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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:  
a picture, 
a memory 
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
Pink Panther
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
The Beatles
African drumming
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
Roaring 20's
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
Asian music
Egyptian music
Ancient music
Classical artists from all eras.
guitar - classical and rock
Piano Guys
Lord of the Rings


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