Perez Elementary School

Year 1 - Grade 4

Beginning

Student #1

Each student was asked to write about any instrument.

Student #2

The students were also asked to tell about three different contexts that they might hear the instrument that they chose to write about. This allowed them to identify the diversified roles a musician plays in a culture.

Student #3

The class viewed videos of three cultures and how these cultures used music in life events. The examples viewed were a funeral in New Orleans, a wedding in India and klezmer music in Israel. Each student was asked to discuss “What big events of your life had music?”, and bring a photo or drawing of that event.

 

Middle

Student #1

Each student created a timeline of his/her life by identifying individual milestones and biographical experiences in his/her own life. They added any music that might have been present at those events. Then they wrote and illustrated their own unique timelines.

Student #2

The next step in the process of creating the students’ musical timelines was identifying music’s relationship to their milestones/biographical experiences.

Student #3

Then the students were asked to write a sentence about an event on their timelines, and write with the following pattern: 3 words, 6 words, and 12 words.

End

Student #1

The students wrote melodies to accompany the sentences they wrote in the previous lesson.

Student #2

Here is an example of the class working together to revise a melody.

They revised and edited their melodies. They worked together as a class and then they worked in smaller groups.

Student #3

Finally, they got together in groups of three and worked on their melodies. They arranged the melodies for piano, Orff instruments and guitar.

Here is an audio clip of the music the students and teachers created.

[audio:http://www.portfoliodesignproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Grade-4-We-Ate-Cake-May-71.mp3|titles=”We Ate Cake”]
Year One
2011-2012
Year Two
2012-2013
Year Three
2013-2014

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