1. Topic-
Identifying Music from other parts of the world (starting with music from Ireland)
 
2. Content-
Music from the U.S.A. and music from Ireland. Instrumental and vocal.
 
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. For students to be able to differentiate music they hear in the United States versus music from Ireland.
2. For students to be able to listen to the music from Ireland and tell what is different about this music...instruments, singing, language...
3.For students to develop an appreciation and respect for music from other parts of the world (Ireland in this particular lesson)
 
4. Objectives-
1. For students to listen to music from Ireland and develop a respect and interest in music from other countries.
2. For students to be able to tell how they feel about this kind of music and why.
3. For students to be able to tell what it is that is different about music from Ireland versus music they listen to every day (instrumental differences, vocal differences).
4. If one of the students hears a song from Ireland I want them to recognize that they know that type of music and I want them to recognize where that music came from.
 
5. Materials and Aids-
CD player to play a CD, computer to play music or to play a video on music from Ireland. Show students a few pictures of musical instruments that people use in Ireland.
 
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Talk to the students about music they like to listen to and then have them listen to a song from Ireland and see what they think.
2. Ask students to describe any differences they hear in the song from Ireland versus the music they listen to from the United States every day.
3. Ask them if they think the differences are instrumental, vocal, or both.
 

B. Development-

1. Play a song from the United States on CD player.
2. Play a song from Ireland on the CD player.
3. Show students pictures of musical instruments we see in the United States and musical instruments they use in Ireland.
4. Ask students after listening to both kinds of music, what the differences are and what unique sounds they hear from the music from Ireland that makes it unique or that makes it stand out.
 

C. Practice-

1.Listen to music with the students and as we listen to the music ask them to write down how the music makes them feel, anything unique they notice about the music.
 

D. Independent Practice-

1. Have students listen to a few different songs and see if they can tell you which songs they think are from Ireland.
2. Have students tell you why they think those songs are from Ireland and why they think the other songs aren't.
 

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Music on CD, a video of music from Ireland, pictures of musical instruments we use in the United States and pictures of musical instruments that are used in Ireland.
 

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Have students listen to different songs and pick out which songs they think are from Ireland and which songs are not.
2.Have students tell what differences are in the music they hear.
3. Ask students what they think the differences in the music are.
4. Ask students to listen to music and to develop a respect and appreciation for it even if it is not the kind of music that they are used to listening to.
 

G. Closure-

1. Stress the importance to the students of at least being open to listen to music from other countries and that even if they are not fond of it, that they should at least develop a respect for it.
2. Have students write a few sentences about what they thought about learning about music from another country.
 
7. Evaluation-
1. Have students pick out which songs are from Ireland and which songs are not.
2.Have students write down the differences they hear from the two different types of music (rhythm, structure, instrumental, vocal).
 
8. Teacher Reflection-
Ask students what they world add to or take away from the lesson. Ask them if they have any ideas about what could make the lesson a little more exciting or interesting.
Ask students what other countries they would like to learn about when it comes to music.
 

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