NAfME Teaching with Primary Sources Curriculum Units for the 2014 Music Standards 

This unit focuses on the historical background of John Philip Sousa, the outline of American march form, and the application to the performance of popular marches and military-inspired music. The four lesson plans take approximately 10–20 minutes each, and include Library of Congress resources, formative, and summative assessments. While this unit focuses on the Responding Artistic Process, it is important to incorporate other music opportunities that include areas of Creating, Performing, and Connecting. 


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