Morning Melody

PURPOSE:

By the end of the lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Student will associate feelings or actions with musical interpretation.
  • Describe expression of music using adjectives (ELA TEKS 20.A.iii)

MATERIALS:

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Basic understanding of melody.

PROCEDURE (45 minutes)

1. Sing the main melody from Peer Gynt with these words:
    “This is a melody that you can sing and you can sing this many ways”
 
   Teach these words to the students by rote and sing a few times until it is clear that they know the melody well. (If you don’t read music, no problem! Just listen to the first few seconds of the piece and put the words above to each note)
2. Developing associations between mood and music
  a. As a class, come up with reasons for being in a hurry and list these on the board. (i.e. over-slept, really need to use the bathroom, being chased by a bear, etc.)
  b. Ask the students to think about one of the reasons they came up with for being in a hurry and come up with a movement to go along with that (this may require a large, open space and a “secret code” to bring them back in control)
  c. Without the movements or any changes, sing the melody again to refresh memories. Next, ask them to interpret the melody as if they were in a hurry for one of those reasons. (You will likely sing the melody faster and you can loop the melody so they have time to experiment with this interpretation)
3. Repeat step two with the following prompts (or others):
  a. sluggish/lazy
  b. victorious
  c. angry
4. Listen to the full-orchestra recording of Peer Gynt: Morning (without giving away the title of the piece). Before listening, ask the students to listen for the actions/feelings the musicians may be trying to interpret through the melody they are playing.
5. Share some of these thoughts with a partner or as a class. After discussing, sing the melody again with the ideas the students had for what the orchestra may have been expressing in mind. Listen to the recording again to hear different thoughts expressed by classmates. 
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