Lesson Plan #: AELP-MUS0012
Submitted by: Lynne Griffiths
School/University/Affiliation: The Fold School U.K. Date: February 5, 2000
Grade Level(s): Kindergarten
Duration: 30 minutes
Description: This lesson is designed for groups of children to compose pieces of music for different types of weather. These are then put together in the form of a rondo.
Goals: Students will recognize structure in composition.
Objective: Students will compose and perform a short piece of music.
- percussion instruments
- index cards with weather pictures
- index cards labeled A, B, C, D
Procedure: Divide the class into 4 groups and give each group a weather card:
As a class discuss how they could make music for each card. (For example, raining could be short, sharp, high sounds.) Divide the class into 4 groups and ask the children to make a piece of music for their card (30 seconds long). Listen and discuss.
Explain that composers use structure to make their work more interesting. One of the structures is a Rondo ABACADA.
Give each group a letter (A, B, C, or D). Perform the piece as a Rondo.
Assessment: Are the children able to play with an appreciation of the other performers in their group? Did they perform the Rondo in the right order!