Teaching Music to Children A Curriculum Guide for Teachers Without Music Training By Blair Bielawski Book and mixed media CD 128 pages For Levels 1-6
This valuable resource is designed to give elementary teachers with no formal music training all the tools they need to help their students develop an understanding and appreciation for music.
This book includes lessons, reproducible games, worksheets and puzzles. Also included is a mixed media CD that features over 60 minutes of music and a complete PowerPoint presentation.
As students move through the lessons they will engage in creating, performing and moving to music. They will learn to focus ideas into a musical form, experiment with "found sounds," identify instruments by timbre, learn about famous composers, recognize a variety of genres of music by how they sound, understand the basic terms of music and apply their knowledge independently and in cooperation with others. Students will also learn about the creative process to help them acquire and apply knowledge and skills in the arts.
Each of the levels is meant to be used over the course of 3-4 weeks to comprise a complete unit of music. Each level assumes that the students have learned the material in the previous level.
This well-sequenced curriculum is based on the National Standards for Music Education in the United States and the Ontario Curriculum for the Arts in Canada.
Teachers are given the content necessary to present to their students the elements of music, including:
Pitch - high and low; note names; key songs all children should know
Rhythm - tempo; music symbols, notation and composition; rhythms and instruments of Africa, India and Cuba
Dynamics - loud and soft
Timbre - instrument families; playing the recorder; the emotional impact of music
Texture - music styles from classical to rock and roll
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