Travel On and On: Interdisciplinary Lessons on the Music of World Cultures
By Elisa Macedo Dekaney and Deborah Alane Cunningham
Grades 4 - 8
Incorporate the music of our global community into your classroom with Travel On and On: Interdisciplinary Lessons on the Music of World Cultures. With both traditional and newly composed music and material from other content areas, each ready-to-use lesson plan has an interdisciplinary approach to teaching multicultural music. Intended for use in general music classrooms, the lessons encourage collaboration with teachers of other subjects but can also effectively be taught solely by music teachers.
Based on the National Standars for music and other subject areas and inteneded for grades 4 - 8, each lesson can be adapted for younger or older students with suggested extensions and materials. Bring the music of Latin America, Africa, and the United States into your classroom, with special emphasis on Native Americans, African Americans, and Cajuns. Most lessons also incorporate Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy, with written ostinati for multiple Orff instruments.
1. Music, Dance, and English Language Arts
Brazilian Music and Game: "Os Escravos de Jo"
Rhythms and Proverbs: Windows to the Cultures of Africa and Latin America
Fantastic Fables: Exploring Native American Culture
2. Music and Science
The Life of a Snowflake: Exploring Hexachords, Hexagons, and the Water Cycle
3. Music and Social Studies
Cajun Capers: Introduction to Cajun Culture
Slavery in the New World: Brazil and the United States