Grade/Subject:  4th grade beginning instrumental lessons

 

Materials:  Accent on Achievement lesson books with accompanying CD ROM, classroom computer, metronome, tempo cards, instruments

 

Anticipatory Set:  Students will warm-up by playing notes Concert Bb, C, and D on their instruments.  I will play rhythm patterns and students will echo.  (Use a variety of slow, medium, and fast tempos.)

 

Prior Knowledge:  Students have learned how to read & play notes for ³Au Claire de la Lune² and have used the CD ROM to accompany other selections in their lesson book.

 

Objective:

Students will be able to describe and play the tempo markings largo, moderato, and allegro, by saying a tongue twister and using the tempo setting on their Accent on Interactivity CD ROM to play ³Au Claire de la Lune².

 

Procedure:

§         Discuss the variety of ³speeds² we used to play the rhythm patterns in our warm-up.  Explain that these are called tempos.

§         Ask students to pick a tongue twister they are familiar with.  Display the tempo card for moderato and set the metronome at a medium tempo. Speak the tongue twister at a medium tempo. 

§         Display the tempo card for largo.  Set the metronome again and speak the tongue twister at this tempo.  Repeat for allegro.  Ask students to explain the difference between the different tempo cards.  (Which one is fast? etc.)

§         Open books and review notes for ³Au Claire de la Lune².  Students will play this on their instruments at a medium tempo.

§         Demonstrate how to adjust the tempo setting on the accompaniment CD ROM.  Discuss how to listen for the tempo (the 4 metronome clicks at the beginning). 

§         Choose student to go to the computer and adjust tempo to play the song largo.  Repeat to play song at all three tempos. (Review meaning each time.)

 

 

Closure:  Students will describe how to adjust the tempo setting on the CD ROM to play the desired song fast, medium, or slow. 

 

Assessment:  Shuffle tempo cards and have each student put in order from slow to fast. 

 

 

Extensions:  Students will use the software as an accompaniment to other selections in their book.  They will also learn to use the fingering chart section of the software.