I am working on lesson plans for my substitute while I’m away at KansasMEA this coming weekend. I am trying to find something for my 6th grade general music class – sort of worksheet and/or video that would help them learn about different African-American composers (we have been discussing Scott Joplin). Any suggestions? It has to be a two-day lesson.
What a great age to do so much with interactive lessons! For prefab substitute lessons, that’s a little more difficult. It would take some prep time to put together a two day in depth lesson on a broad base of African American composers of different styles. I would recommend going to the Smithsonian Education Site where they have some plans and audio suggestions. http://www.folkways.si.edu/lesson-plans/smithsonian. Scroll down to North America 🙂 I would also recommend a site of African Music in Classical Music http://chevalierdesaintgeorges.homestead.com/ for some ideas outside of jazz composers. All the best!!
I have found several useful ideas and strategies in the Louis Armstrong Education Kit
for grades 5-12 from Smithsonian Jazz. http://www.eds-resources.com/edmusic.htm
Have a great time and learn a lot at your conference!
Mary Anne Zupan
Retired K-5 Music Specialist
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