Grade/Subject:  Middle School Chorus

 

Materials:  class computer (Gateway or computer w/ projector); PowerPoint presentation on African music and instruments; music for Dansi Na Kuimba by Dave and Jean Perry; African Odyssey CD from Putamayo World Music; map

 

Anticipatory Set/Do Now:  Play African CD as students enter room.  The students will be instructed to write down where they think the music may be from. 

 

Purpose:  This lesson will allow students to understand the cultural elements of a performance piece. 

 

Objective:  Students will be able to describe several basic elements of African music through a PowerPoint presentation and by singing an African inspired song, Dansi Na Kuimba.

 

Procedure:

         Discuss the African music students heard.  Locate continent on world map.

         Students will view PowerPoint presentation on African music & culture.  They will be instructed to take notes on rhythm, instruments, and culture. 

         Presentation includes clips from websites such as  www.dancedrummer.com (performance videos, virtual instrument playing) and www.risottodirk.de/the_virtual_djembe/index.htm (virtual djembe). 

         Select several students to demonstrate and experiment with the virtual instruments.

         Pass out music for Dansi Na Kuimba and sing/play through for students.

         Teach the English portion of the song through echo method. 

         Teach the Swahili phrases through echo method-speaking to singing. Discuss meaning of words.

         Sing through first verse and refrain of song. 

 

Closure:  Students will describe the instruments and rhythms in African music.  Discuss how the song Dansi Na Kuimba relates to the traditional music we heard.

 

Assessment:  Students will list three characteristics of African music from the PowerPoint presentation.

 

Extensions:  A)  Students will complete a webquest on African music and culture.  They will be assigned a specific region and will find specific criteria dealing with instruments, songs, and culture.  B)  Dansi Na Kuimba will be performed with the addition of African instruments.