Subject: Songwriting Composition
1. Topic-
Learning to read music through the Grand Staff and training ears to hear different intervals
2. Content-
VAPA Standard Grade 5 -
Students apply vocal and instrumental musical skills in performing a varied repertoire
of music. They compose and arrange music and improvise melodies, variations, and
accompaniments, using digital/electronic technology when appropriate.

Creating a strong foundation of music theory, and learning how the notes on the keyboard translate to the grand staff.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. To train the students to hear the intrinsic sounds of different intervals
2. To begin to train the ability to read staff music
3. Recognizing different vocabulary in music composition
4. Objectives-
1. Write a 4 bar melody, following the one note per beat outline, on their respective keyboards
2. Translate that melody on to the blank sheet paper
3. Hand in the translated melody to the teacher to be played for the class
4. Review what makes a for a good, ear-pleasing melody, to give the foundation for the children to begin creating more sophisticated works of music
5. Materials and Aids-
Blank Sheet Paper, White Board, Keyboards, Headphones
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

(20 Minutes)
Subs - Use the PowerPoint created by the teacher and follow the notes given
1. Reading the grand Scale and the key of C
2. Treble Clef and Bass Clef
3. Measures, Quarter Notes, Half Notes, and Whole Notes

B. Development-

Students will be able to learn and improve their skills in basic music theory and develop a foundation on which to build their songwriting skills.

C. Practice-

(15 minutes)
First the teacher will begin by writing out his own melody in the key of C (subs use the melody and notes provided). He will ask the students individually what the next note is then to play it on their keyboards.

D. Independent Practice-

(25 minutes)
The students will then be given their own free reign on the keyboards to write their own 4 bar melody in the key of C. Once they have translated their melody to the staff, it will be turned into he teacher to be played for the class.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Groups of two to a keyboard will be used only if their are not enough keyboards for the students present.

F. Checking for understanding-

The teacher will pace around the room answering any questions the students may have. The final sheet music the students turn in will be the best way for the teacher to determine whether the student is understanding the material.

G. Closure-

The students will be given a short one page worksheet to take home and identify the notes on a piece of sheet music
7. Evaluation-
Students will be evaluated with a check if they understood the assignment on both their homework and on the turned in sheet music during class, if they have not received a check they will receive a "see me after class" to hash out any issues they may have.

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