The following lessons were developed to teach and reinforce critical thinking and scholarly habits through the engagement of primary sources in the music classroom. Additionally, they aim to teach students about the history, style, and musical aesthetics of a specific music genre and reinforce the academic language specific to the music classroom. While the materials and content are aimed for the music classroom, the general procedures are adaptable to a variety of disciplines. Follow the links below to view the lesson plans.
Lesson Unit: School Songs Overview
Lesson Plan #1: Introduction & Student Inquiry
In this lesson, students are introduced to primary resources
and their application in the lesson unit. Throughout the lesson,
students explore a variety of original manuscripts and learn
how to evaluate and draw conclusions from these resources.
Lesson Plan #2: History & Musical Aesthetics
In this lesson, students will learn about the history of school
songs and their prevalence in today's society. Furthermore,
students will learn about the musical elements (i.e. tempo,
dynamics, etc.) that characterize a school song.
Lesson Plan #3: Our School Song
In this lesson, students will use their understanding of school
songs to learn and perform their school song.