Lesson Plan

Music Notation

Students will teach themselves a new song through analysis of music notation.
Suzanne B.
Classroom teacher
Cameron Junior High, Cameron, Texas
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts

Students will be able to copy music notation on music paper. Students will be able to create two measures of their own music. Students will be able to label different parts of the music notation, note names, and analyze rhythms. Students will be able to teach themselves the song and perform it on their own instrument.

(6.2) Creative expression/performance. The student sings or plays an instrument, individually and in groups, performing a varied repertoire of music. The student is expected to:
(A) perform independently, with accurate intonation and rhythm, demonstrating fundamental skills and basic performance techniques
(6.3) Creative expression/performance. The student reads and writes music notation. The student is expected to:
(A) sight-read simple music in treble and/or other clefs in various keys and meters;
(B) use standard symbols to notate meter, rhythm, pitch, and dynamics (manuscript or computer-generated); and
(C) identify music symbols and terms referring to dynamics, tempo, and articulation and interpret them appropriately when performing.

Grades 6
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1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

Students will enter the class and be presented with the question, if you could play any song on the radio, what would you like to play? After an open discussion, the teacher will lead students to realize that with basic music notation skills, students can teach themselves any music they want without the aide of the teacher.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Investigating

The teacher will ask students to open their Essential Elements books to Number 14. The teacher will guide students in identifying note names and analyzing the rhythm together as a class. After analyzing the piece, the students will perform #14.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Exploring

Students will choose a piece from number 15-25 and copy it onto staff paper to then analyze the music notation individually with the teacher walking around and facilitating their progress.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

After a thorough analysis of their piece, the students will individually practice the piece on their instruments. Students will perform the piece at the end of the class.

5 Wrap-up

Activity: Other — Extension

The teacher will introduce the students to the notation app and assign them to notate two measures of their own music either using the app or on staff paper. http://www.neuratron.com/notateme.html