This guide represents a step-by-step approach to the key concepts of teaching beginning (grade 4) violin, viola, cello and bass. It is a curriculum based on the method of Shinichi Suzuki, adapted for use in a public school setting. This approach utilizes teaching strategies that will appeal to every type of learning style including: • Developing the ear through listening
• Concentration on posture and tone
• Breaking down tasks into smaller increments We also address the following National Standards for Music Education:
Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
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5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
In this unit, we will look at the ancient art of oral storytelling through the lens of contemporary music. Dylan and Bono, blues and rap, character development and conflict resolution, voice and mood…We’ll listen to, discuss, analyze, and review songs, as well as write and perform our own. We’ll learn and practice techniques that will help us become better storytellers. In the process, we’ll also improve our listening, speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills. So open your ears and lift up your voices, sing me a story and tell me a song!
In this lesson, students will compose unique short musical pieces using a paper and pencil method as well as a digital composition software like Finale or Sibelius on the computer. Students will then evaluate the differences between manual and digital composition and then reflect on what the music composition experience must have been like for the classic composers who did not have this technology available to them. At the end of this lesson, students will have created a short hand-written song, and a 2 minute long song using Finale or Sibelius.
Students will learn about 3 different musical styles in the lesson: Classical, Romantic, and jazz. Along with learning styles through listening and reviewing musical characteristics, they will also be able to identify some major composers related to each style.