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Examples of Classroom Usage

Discussion Suggestions in the Classroom

Creating a Lesson Plan

Using the Entire Series as a Unit


While Musicians and Middle Schools was created to provide teachers with a unit about music, musicians, and the process of creativity, the series also integrates easily with the humanities curriculum, thus enabling music education to gain prominence in the general education classroom.

Throughout this web site, you will find specific themes, humanities applications, discussion points, and activities associated with each of the programs in the series. We hope the following usage suggestions will help you to use these programs in the classroom, assist you to shape a lesson plan, and inspire you to think of ways to integrate music with social studies and language arts.

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Aside from its strong musical and creative contribution, Musicians and Middle Schools satisfies many other educational needs, including:

  • Social Studies Standards: The programs can be used to promote cultural literacy.
  • Language Arts Standards: Metaphor, symbolism and a wide range of expression through poetry may be taught effectively by combining a study of music.
  • Brain Theory: Students learn better when we tap into their entire brain.
  • Multiple Intelligence Theory: An entire portion of the brain is devoted to the appreciation and understanding of music.
  • Bloom's Taxonomy: Music uses the top two levels of taxonomy--Synthesis and Evaluation.
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Here are some of the ways teachers have used Musicians and Middle Schools in the classroom:

  • One teacher began an entire unit on opera with the presentation, "Musicians and Middle Schools: Anthony Davis". This led to a visit from the local opera to perform for the students.
  • A music teacher, with her choir class and music explorative classes for sixth graders, found the series was extremely useful as a resource for music education specifically.
  • In eighth grade humanities classes, one teacher used the series as a prompt to address the musical aspects of culture. By viewing all the programs in the series, she helped her students understand more about history and culture through the universal aspects of music.
  • At one school, teachers used the programs to begin a school-wide discussion of creativity and how it can be used to enhance all aspects of student performance.
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  • Analyze how performers, improvisers, and composers produce particular qualities of sound
  • Analyze different ways that music can be recorded and experiment in the classroom
  • Demonstrate the relationship between visual representation and music, including abstract shapes, sound texture, and contour
  • Listen for and discuss the subtle details within musical elements, including the structure and style of music
  • Discuss how composers, performers, and improvisers have drawn inspiration from musical cultures besides their own
  • Analyze how qualities of sound are expressive of different cultures
  • Analyze how music can affect emotions
  • Analyze how social, historical and environmental influences shape the character of music
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Several teachers who have utilized the programs in the classroom have found the following lesson format helpful. The lesson plan should be 1-2 pages and include:

  • Lesson title
  • Brief overview of program
  • Focus (purpose or objective of the lesson including "bridges" to your curriculum)
  • Language Arts or Social Studies Standards met by the program (optional)
  • Sequential description of lesson which includes "before, during, and after" instructions
  • Activity/assessment (find an activity that connects with your Focus--it should be fun and motivating)
  • Additional resources (musical recordings, web sites, books, places to visit, etc.)
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While each program is effective on its own, many teachers have presented the entire series as a whole unit. In doing so, they found that presenting the programs in the following order was most helpful and demonstrated key concepts clearly by building on previous lessons.

  1. Bert Turetzky--Turetzky is very accessible to middle school children and introduces the ideas of creativity and improvisation effectively.
  2. Chinary Ung--Ung provides a good follow-up to Turetzky because he uses creative notation and composition to create music. The program also provides several fun activities that can be replicated in the classroom.
  3. Anthony Davis--Davis demonstrates how the voice is an instrument, too. He also introduces the deep connections of opera music to story, literature and theater, as well as historical and cultural influences on music.
  4. Cecil Lytle--Lytle focuses on the cultural aspects of music as well as musical themes and devices.
  5. Steven Schick--Schick provides a fun and enthusiastic conclusion to the series. This program comes back full circle to creativity and improvisation with instruments anyone can play--percussion.

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Introduction to Musicians and Middle Schools |
Using the Videos in the Classroom |

What Creativity Means: Anthony Davis, Cecil Lytle, Steven Schick,
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