Examples of the Week:
Below are several examples of how you could structure your week. These examples all contain the same basic components, in a different order depending on the interests and goals of you and your students. The items in bold are common throughout the examples and we strongly suggest that you keep them on the days they appear.
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Example 1: Topics Spread Throughout the Week
In this example, the main topics of the week are explored for some time each day.
Example 2: New Topics Each Day
In this example, each day is dedicated to one of the major topics of the week including the science of sound, types of instruments, the history of music, musical instrument building and composition and rehearsal.
Example 3: Exploring Instrument Families
This example of the week explores different ideas of the week through the different families of instruments. The different concepts pertaining to the science of sound and the mini building activities are spread out by how they relate to the different instrument families.
Example 4: Music and Composition Focused
In this example week, students begin by playing real instruments and analyzing musical selections. Students make connections to the real world that they can apply throughout the week as they explore and compose for different instruments families and finally apply to their own instrument.
Components of the Week:
More specific activities and lessons to focus on the major topics of the week. Click any link to see more information about that topic.
- Brainstorm what instruments students already know
- Individual research, teach other students what you’ve learned
- Mini building projects for different types of instruments
- String instruments- how do different tensions affect pitch?
- Woodwind instruments- how do different lengths of air columns affect pitch?
- See this past curriculum about musical instruments for inspiration
- Engineering design process- promote iteration leading up to final instrument
- 1st round of instrument building
- Final instrument- begin around middle of week
- Rhythm- tie into a lesson about percussion instruments
- What is the historical role of music?
- What do people like about certain music?
- Composition- How do I write music down so that someone else can also play it?
- Students form bands and compose a song together
- Rehearsals throughout the week
- Dress rehearsal in the last few days
- “Making Of” Movies
- SAM Animation videos to illustrate concepts learned
- Comic Strips
- Engineering Drawings
- Rhys, Jacob, Zack- Music Composition
- David Wells- Science of Sound
- Matt Mueller- Music Appreciation and Song Writing
- Jen Scinto- Engineering Design Process
- Morten Hougård- Percussion Workshop