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  • astericks
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    • March 01, 2011, 09:25:06 am
    • Cheongju
A Music lesson for the rest of us
« on: April 20, 2011, 02:27:37 pm »
I searched endlessly for a good music lesson to teach my students.
This site does contain several music lessons, ranging from excellent to mediocre, but they lacked the basic elements I wanted for an inspiring music lesson.
Most lessons on this site revolve around showing a pop song, showing the lyrics and talking about the pop song. I have no interest in showing or listening to contrived videos and music with a supposed "political or cultural message" that will liberate the minds of Korean middle school students.
I just want a simple lesson.

In addition to the questions at the end of the lesson, I handed out a musical instrument word search as well. I went around the class student by student, listening to them answer the questions as best as they could in complete sentences.

This lesson is a simple, music 101, introduction to some of the elements of music for middle school students with a few entertaining music clips and vocabulary that build off of each other.
This lesson is based on the How Music Works series which can be viewed on Youtube.

The link:
http://prezi.com/iqpjuustedub/exploring-music/

« Last Edit: May 03, 2011, 10:31:18 am by astericks »


  • elzoog
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    • July 15, 2009, 08:22:23 am
    • South Korea
Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011, 02:49:20 pm »
That video for the percussion section seems like it has some odd meters.

You made a pretty useful introduction to music.   Although I don't think the melody/harmony dichotomy should be taken as absolute since there is also contrapuntal music (which I am a big fan of).  But to teach that to beginners would be a problem.  Maybe you can say not ALL music is melody/harmony but that MOST music is like that and leave it at that?


  • astericks
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    • March 01, 2011, 09:25:06 am
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Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2011, 08:21:19 am »
The percussion video serves to simply show percussion instruments and the sounds they produce.

Sure, these are not absolute definitions, but these definitions satisfy these basic musical terms.

Hope you're able to use this lesson. Feel free to use others I have on the site as well.


Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011, 09:41:09 am »
Hey, I just tried opening the Prezi, and it said "Prezi not Found" so I'm not sure if you're currently editing it, or if the html is just posted with an error.  Either way, I just thought I'd let you know!


  • astericks
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    • March 01, 2011, 09:25:06 am
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Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011, 09:47:11 am »
@alexandrateacher
Not editing.
It's just disheartening that over 200 people have read and maybe used this lesson, yet only one individual has replied, so I changed the access. It is public once again.



  • flukeriffic
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    • March 03, 2011, 10:39:44 am
    • Daegu, South Korea
Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2011, 10:01:49 am »
Hey man, I just checked out your lesson and I thought it was great! Unfortunately for me, the general consensus among my students is, "Teacher, Bieber, we want Bieber!" Sigh. If only I could teach something like this (which I find more interesting).

On a side note, I thought your food idioms prezi was awesome! Doing a Teacher's Convo class on food today and I'm definitely going to use some of the expressions you mentioned. Thanks for the material man!


  • astericks
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    • March 01, 2011, 09:25:06 am
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Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2011, 10:05:44 am »
You can do both.
You could teach a song one lesson and teach melody, harmony, etc. another lesson.

I have taught this lesson with my middle school students and they enjoyed it immensely.

I can relate to the Bieber clamoring.


  • flukeriffic
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    • March 03, 2011, 10:39:44 am
    • Daegu, South Korea
Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2011, 10:09:01 am »
Good idea man. I'll definitely try to fit this in next time I get some freedom in lesson planning. But now that midterms are over its back to textbook material for me :(


  • elzoog
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    • July 15, 2009, 08:22:23 am
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Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2011, 10:14:54 am »
Hey man, I just checked out your lesson and I thought it was great! Unfortunately for me, the general consensus among my students is, "Teacher, Bieber, we want Bieber!" Sigh. If only I could teach something like this (which I find more interesting).

Yeah, I hate when the students want to stay in their own little world.  I also notice that Koreans will like a song and listen to it constantly for about a month or two.   Then they will get tired of it and start listening to another song for about a month or two.

I guess if you want your taste in music to be limited to Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga, you might get along okay in life.   Seems to be a rather unfulfilling way to live though.

I find it interesting that in the Rolling Stones list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, there are 2 songs from the 1940, some songs from the 1950s, a lot of songs from the 1960s, some songs from the 80s and 90s.  But pretty much zero songs from the 2000s.  It's evidence for what I tell students, that the best pop music was in the 1960s (in general, although there was some terrible music too from that time period).  That by limiting themselves to songs that are less than a year old, there is a ton of stuff they are missing.

Having said that though, I would be hard pressed to say which is better, Justin Bieber, or the Monkees?



Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2011, 10:15:08 am »
 ;D great intro presentation! i, too, am tired of hearing the bieber chant!  ???


  • daveb
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    • March 07, 2011, 10:08:52 am
Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2011, 10:21:19 am »
Nice - i'll give this a go in my after school lesson.

Ask as many Koreans as you can (old and young alike) whether they have ever heard of:

Bob Marley

James Brown

The Rolling Stones

- Chances are, like in my experience, its ''no'' to all! I realise this is not a representative selection of world-music, it's more a question of global exposure. Whilst everybody in the West and other continents/regions of the world might not like these artists, at least they are aware of them.


  • elzoog
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Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2011, 10:26:02 am »
Nice - i'll give this a go in my after school lesson.

Ask as many Koreans as you can (old and young alike) whether they have ever heard of:

Bob Marley

James Brown

The Rolling Stones

- Chances are, like in my experience, its ''no'' to all! I realise this is not a representative selection of world-music, it's more a question of global exposure. Whilst everybody in the West and other continents/regions of the world might not like these artists, at least they are aware of them.

If you are American, Bruce Springsteen will be another one.

However, if you are talking about artists that are probably more well known world wide try:

Led Zeppelin
Jimi Hendrix (although he is slowly being forgotten)
The Beach Boys
...

I don't consider myself to be personally all that great as far as my knowledge of pop music goes.   But compared to Koreans, I am a genius.


Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2011, 11:29:38 am »
Thank you!!!  I looked at it and its great!  I'm thinking about doing a "English through Music" summer camp and would definitely use it.  If yall can think of any ideas/ themes for each day, I would great appreciate it!


  • bigal
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    • December 06, 2010, 09:12:56 am
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Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2011, 03:36:24 pm »
Would like to try and utilise this prezi with my class - but i seem unable to download it!
Any suggestions?


  • elzoog
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Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2011, 02:08:34 pm »
Finally tried it in class.   I don't know if you are the player of the classical guitar at the beginning, but if you are, the students requested to hear the part where you play several times.

After class I decided to play for them Beethoven's sixth (just because I claimed to know it off the top of my head, guess the students wanted to see if I was right).



  • astericks
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    • March 01, 2011, 09:25:06 am
    • Cheongju
Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2011, 03:02:28 pm »
Good to know that other teachers are putting this lesson to use.

@elzoog
I'm not the guitarist in the video. That honor belongs to a fellow named Kelly Valleau.
He has a slew of his guitar videos posted on Youtube. He's quite talented.
My students seemed to really enjoy the Beethoven as well.


  • kiekie87
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    • February 28, 2011, 10:45:58 pm
    • Ulsan, South Korea
Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2011, 09:06:53 am »
Just looked at your Prezi presentation. very impressive :) I just can't seem to download all the clips...maybe my network is slow... should i wait a few minutes before starting the show?
All ideas grow out of other ideas.
Anish Kapoor


  • astericks
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    • March 01, 2011, 09:25:06 am
    • Cheongju
Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2011, 10:18:44 am »
The only video that requires streaming is the video associated with harmony. The presentation does take a bit to download though, as it is quite large.


Re: A Music lesson for the rest of us
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2011, 09:04:50 am »
This looks great and I think will work well for me for multiple reasons.  I've been doing a few music lessons---tho I think if I were to do them again I would change the order and maybe start with this one.  Two weeks ago, I did a music judging lesson (on waygook), it would have been great to have done this beforehand.  Last week I taught the students my school's fight song.  I'm gonna give this a shot this week...I'm sure the students will like it a lot.  I've also been interested in giving prezi a try to see how student's like it...and this is a perfect opportunity to do so.  Thanks so much!