ERIC Number: ED470337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
300 Years of People and Pianos.
Music Educators National Conference, Reston, VA.
This teaching unit offers teachers, students, and their families a look at 3 centuries of history about the piano. Four lessons for high school music classes offer an opportunity to explore the cultural climate that nurtured the invention of and innovations for the piano along with descriptions of the personalities of the inventors, composers, and performers who contributed to the piano's history. Lesson 1 explores the history and culture of the late 1600s and early 1700s and has students brainstorm a modern-day innovation for the piano. Lesson 2 looks at the many roles of musicians and pianos through the years and asks students to consider what a music educator does, what part the piano played through the years, what part the piano played in the upbringing of young women in the 1800s, and to consider Japan's embrace of the instrument. Lesson 3, for keyboard classes, has students examine different genres of music for the piano and identify musical elements unique to certain styles. The lesson does not need to be used in sequence with the other lessons. In lesson 4 students experiment with sound either by making their own nail piano or by creating a prepared piano. The lessons cite educational objectives and standards; note materials needed; provide other information; detail step-by-step procedures for classroom implementation; and suggest lesson extensions. (BT)
Descriptors: High Schools, Music, Music Activities, Music Education, Musical Instruments, Student Educational Objectives, Student Projects
MENC (Music Educators National Conference): National Association for Music Education, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-336-3768 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.menc.org/guides/guideindex.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Music Educators National Conference, Reston, VA.