Lesson Plan

Digital Dance Discovery (3-D)

Apply the basics of music fundamentals to some technology and create your own viral video.
Jeremy R.
Classroom teacher
Liberty High School
Glen Daniel, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts

Students will be able to...

MU.O.MAH.1.4 use music technology to explore musical sounds in an expressive way.

MU.O.MAH.2.2 identify categories of sounds, individual instruments and varied ensembles (i.e., vocal, instrumental, electronic).

MU.O.MAH.2.3 explore musical sounds through technology.

MU.O.MAH.2.5 identify and describe musical elements (e.g., rhythm, melody, harmony, form, timbre, texture).

MU.O.MAH.4.6 discuss the role of technology in the development of music.

MU.O.MAH.4.7 describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures.

MU.O.MAH.2.6 listen to and describe the way musical elements change within a selection.

Grades 9 – 12
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1 Digital Dance Discovery (3-D)

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Hook: As the students enter the class, the videos to "Gangnam Style" and "Harlem Shake" will be playing. Students will be observed as they enter. Some of the students know the choreography and start dancing. We will discuss the similarities between both videos. We will recognize that both of them were both viral videos that created dance crazes.

Guided Practice: We will review the basics of Rhythm in 4/4 time. We will introduce the loop feature of Garageband and demonstrate where the barlines are represented.

Students will investigate the Intstruments and tempos that people like to dance to using their iPads or Mobile Device.

Independent Practice:

Students will get into groups and use Garageband to create original dance music.

They will choreograph their own original dance to the music they have created.

They will flim a video of themselves performing their choreography along with their original dance music.

They will edit their music and video together for best quality of sound.

Wrap up: Here are some options...

1. Students can upload their video to YouTube. The group with the most hits at the end of a time period gets a prize. If not YouTube, your school's website is an option.

2. The videos could be broadcast on your school's network and the student body could vote.

3. My music appreciation students are expected to select all the music for the school dances. I DJ the dances, but my students select the playlist. We could slip the their songs into the playlist, and see how many people we can get to dance along.

4. We will have the students share their finished videos with their classmates. We will write a reflective paper discussing: the process, the challenges, and the purpose behind the creative choices they have made.