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Park, Leo – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Improvisation-based exercises may be the key to unlocking students' innate musical creativities. This article focuses on two exercises--drone improvisation and circle stringing--that can be easily integrated into the orchestra curriculum and adapted to the learning needs of the individual student, small-ensemble, and large-ensemble settings. Of…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musical Instruments, Creative Activities, Student Needs
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Heil, Leila – Music Educators Journal, 2017
This article describes a sequential approach to improvisation teaching that can be used with students at various age and ability levels by any educator, regardless of improvisation experience. The 2014 National Core Music Standards include improvisation as a central component in musical learning and promote instructional approaches that are…
Descriptors: Music Education, Teaching Methods, Creative Teaching, Creativity
Hardin, Chad – Instructor, 1984
A series of activities are described to introduce students to musical instruments. Children learn about woodwind, string, percussion, and brass instruments through observation of musicians, hands-on experiences, and recordings. Sample recordings and a bibliography are listed. (DF)
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary Education, Learning Activities, Music Appreciation
Sweet, Debbie – 1980
An elementary school (K-6) general music unit presents strategies and exercises for helping students attain skills in music literacy. The first section, which is arranged by grade level, helps students read, perform, and dictate a variety of rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic patterns. The second section provides instructions and accompanying…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Learning Activities, Melody, Music Education
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Cline, Dallas – Music Educators Journal, 1980
Instructions are provided for making these simple musical instruments from inexpensive materials: an Indian bull-roarer; bottle chimes; a ham can guitar; flower pot, box, and steel drums; a xylophone; a musical sawhorse; rattles; a melody box; and a box thumb harp. (SJL)
Descriptors: Construction (Process), Elementary Education, Folk Culture, Guidelines
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Howard, Roy E. – Music Educators Journal, 1985
Care of musical instruments should be a part of every student's music education. What students should know about caring for pianos is discussed. The main parts of the piano--the cabinet, the mechanical part, the musical part, and the structure--are discussed. Tuning and pitch raise are also discussed. (RM)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Maintenance
Hawaii State Dept. of Education, Honolulu. Office of Instructional Services. – 1987
Developed to acquaint students with the Honolulu (Hawaii) Youth Symphony Concerts program, this booklet focuses on information and activities to help make concert attendance meaningful and enjoyable for students. Goals and learning concepts are described, and information about each of the symphony's musical instruments is included. The chronology…
Descriptors: Concerts, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials
Huang, Joe – 1976
This booklet provides a two day lesson plan that may be used by teachers in conjunction with a videotape program to familiarize their students with Chinese music, musical instruments, and playing techniques. Appended are descriptions and photographs of popular Chinese instruments, a guide to Chinese music resources in the San Francisco Bay area,…
Descriptors: Chinese Culture, Elementary Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, Multicultural Education
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Rogers, Jim – OAH Magazine of History, 1990
Shows how studying sources of popular music and instruments help students understand historical patterns of immigration and geography. Presents lessons and materials for exploring origins of popular musical instruments and music that developed in the United States from other cultures. Includes several related classroom activities, recommended…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Ethnic Groups, Geography Instruction, Global Approach
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Frederickson, Karen – General Music Today, 1999
Urges music educators to use activity-based instruction as opposed to more traditional methods. Provides two lesson plans for middle school students where they learn about musical instruments in an integrated science and music environment that promotes concept formation and the exploration of the role of culture in music-making. (CMK)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Conventional Instruction, Cultural Awareness, Experiential Learning
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Campbell, Patricia Shehan – Music Educators Journal, 1994
Reports on an interview with Terry E. Miller, a specialist on music of Thailand and other southeastern Asian nations. Discusses the culture, the role of music, and musical instruments of Thailand. Includes a list of resources and two lesson plans for teaching about Thai music. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Traits, Culture Contact
Wilcox, Ella, Comp. – Teaching Music, 1994
Contends that, from the earliest possible moment and even before birth, it is apparent that babies respond to sound stimuli. Presents a series of music activities designed to make music an integral part of children's lives. Includes activities involving singing, rhythm, musical instruments, and listening to guest musicians in the classroom. (CFR)
Descriptors: Child Development, Class Activities, Early Childhood Education, Learning Activities
Zinar, Ruth; And Others – Instructor, 1980
These three short articles are designed to help nonmusicians bring musical experiences into their classrooms. The articles discuss teaching resources for the nonmusical teacher; making simple, inexpensive rhythm instruments; and musical games. (Editor/SJL)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Educational Games, Elementary Education, Music Activities
Slobin, Mark – 1977
The music of the peoples who inhabit either Central Asia or the Volga-Ural region of Asia is explored in this document, which provides information that can be incorporated into secondary or higher education courses. The Central Asian music cultures of the Kirghiz, Kazakhs, Turkmens, Karakalpaks, Uighurs, Tajiks, and Uzbeks are described and…
Descriptors: Area Studies, Asian History, Asian Studies, Cultural Education
Higa, Harold – 1985
The Honolulu (Hawaii) Symphony Orchestra's commitment to education includes young people's concerts and in-school ensembles. The purpose of this booklet is to enhance the educational potential of in-school concerts through the presentation of information about the orchestra and music related concepts. Part 1 describes the orchestra's personnel,…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Concerts, Elementary Education, Learning Activities
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