A teaching strategy for use with the Virtual Gramophone website
In this activity, students listen to several selections from the Virtual Gramophone website, practicing skills with beat, rhythm and pitch. Students express their reaction to a chosen piece in writing, in a two-dimensional work of art, and in dance.
Music and Language Arts; Ages 7-9
Fine Arts Outcomes (Music):
On completing this activity, students will:
Fine Arts Outcomes (Visual Arts):
Language Arts Outcomes:
O/V (Oral and Visual Communication):
These Language Arts Outcomes correspond to:
Students will listen to several selections from the Virtual Gramophone website, practicing skills with rhythm and pitch. Students express their reaction to a chosen piece in writing, in a two-dimensional work of art, and in dance.
Computer with speakers and access to the Internet or prerecorded music
If available, old record players and/or gramophones
Pencils and paper, space to dance
Music Analysis Guide
Ask children what music is their favourite. Ask why they like it. If possible, show children an old record player or gramophone. Discuss how it works and how records can be damaged over time.
Play several songs about different subjects (love, war, remembrance, religion) from the Virtual Gramophone site. Some suggestions:
These can be found through the alphabetical listing at the Virtual Gramophone site.
Discuss several questions with the students for each song:
Discuss the elements of music, focusing on beat, rhythm and pitch. In a song with a strong beat, students can clap their hands. Then they can follow you through the rhythm of the same or a different song, using hands like a conductor to indicate the beat.
If you wish to examine other elements of music, see the Music Analysis Guide.
Using a song they all like (or one you have picked), students should discuss the song's mood, how it makes them feel and what images it evokes in their minds. Students fill out the Student Handout and draw a picture of an image the music gives them. An alternate activity is to use the music as an inspiration for an illustrated story.
Small- or Large-Group Work
How could students express these feelings and images through movement? Pick parts of the song and develop movements as a class or in groups.
Notes on Enriching this Activity