Music from the Inside Out
Music Literacy for Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School
By Daniel Anker, Carol Ponder and Donna Santman
Book, CD and teacher DVD
For grades 5-12
A curriculum for music teachers and non-music teachers alike.
This program was developed through the work of literacy specialists, classroom music teachers and professional musicians, and piloted in classrooms across the country. It is based upon the critically acclaimed film featuring the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
This curriculum brings kids inside the world of music by helping them understand what proficient listeners think and feel as they listen to music, and what musicians think and feel as they play music. Utilizing the techniques of the Reading and Writing Workshop, students construct their own understandings of music, first through an exploration of their personal relationship to music, then through a series of Listen and Talk lessons, and finally, by composing their own pieces and exploring the connections between their lives and the works of music they create. All lessons fulfill the National Standards for Music Education.
Music educators will find inspirational stories of musicians that go hand in hand with activities that help kids understand the relevance of their own musical lives. Teachers of English, history and other subjects, who may not have a music background, will find plenty of support for teaching children how to listen proficiently and to participate and engage in music and music-making.
The CD has 19 tracks of excerpts of music from a Chinese folk song to a Dvorak symphony. These can be used for the listening exercises in the book.
A special teacher's DVD includes excerpts from the film along with segments produced especially for the classroom.
Preface - Reclaiming the Verbs of Art
Mission and Philosophy/Acknowledgements
Unit I - Musical Identity
Lesson 1: Introducting Ourselves Musically
Lesson 2: What's My Music?/Creating Musical Timelines
Lesson 3: Musical Connections
Lesson 4: Merging Musical Personalities
Unit II - Let's Talk About Music
Lesson 1: What Can We Say About Music?
Lesson 2: More Ways to Talk About Music
Lesson 3: Mapping Music to Hold It in Our Minds
Lesson 4: Mapping Music with Our Bodies
Unit III - What IS Music, Anyway?
Lesson 1: Is It Noise or Is It Music?
Lesson 2: When Does Noise Become Music?
Unit IV - Musical Meaning
Lesson 1: What's It All About?
Lesson 2: Motion, Expectation and Surprise
Lesson 3: Silence
Lesson 4: Becoming an Ensemble/Non-Verbal Communication
Lesson 5: Does Intention Matter?
Unit V - Living the Music
Lesson 1: Living Musically
Lesson 2: Ensemble, Community & Democracy
Lesson 3: Finding Music
Lesson 4: Envisioning a Musical Future
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