Technology-Based Lesson Plan
New Technologies in Music Education
Dr. James Frankel
July 17, 2006
Purpose: This lesson will take place during the “Exploring Music Through Singing” unit in the 6th grade general music curriculum. It will fall under the sub-heading of “Singing music expressively” and the concepts learned will be applied to classroom and concert repertoire.
Materials Needed: CD player and recording of Vivaldi’s “Concerto Grosso in G minor,” Power Point presentation of dynamic information (computer, projector), school computer lab with “Groovy Music” software installed on computers, student notebooks and pencils, teacher dynamic flash cards
Anticipatory Set: As students enter the classroom, they will hear a recording of the first movement of Vivaldi’s “Concert Grosso in G minor.” Written on the board will be the task to write down everything they hear in the music.
Check for Student Understanding: The teacher will visit each station and ask the student to explain their dynamic choices in their piece. We will discuss if the piece sounds as they want it to.
Closure: The students will name and define the different symbols written on large flash cards held up by the teacher. They will then recite the Pledge of Allegiance as the teacher holds up the different cards, letting their volume reflect what is written on the card.
Extensions: The students will be able to find and apply dynamic markings in their choral repertoire. Dynamics will be a new element to include in future compositions, whether during notating or performing, as in improvisation. As students progress to more advanced notation software, dynamic markings will be a factor in their projects. The dynamic flash cards could possibly be used as a means of getting a group to quiet down (instead of talking over the crowd, holding up cards to gradually bring the volume down to pianissimo- although this might just be wishful thinking!)