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What is Music?- Thinking and Writing

February 5, 2014

As Music teachers we sometimes find ourselves skipping past the think piece and going straight to the music making. This is quite normal.  I mean, music IS a performing art. We focus on literacy and build up our students knowledge of rhythms and pitches, but it is also important to get students thinking outside the Rocky Mountain and Kookaburra boxes.

I did this activity on the first class of the school year, but it can really be done at any time. Sandwiched between the singing and rhythm review in my first lesson, I am asking the kids to think about what music actually is.

What is Music?

Day one of class I give the students their first journal prompt. I am considering using this almost as a prewriting activity. We will spend the year making music and exploring all of the elements that come together to create a song, and revisit the writing prompt at the end of the year.  Alternately, you could do this at the beginning of a grading period and revisit just before report cards are due. I would love to see how the two answers compare.

I have an ulterior motive for this activity, as well. I have a monster bulletin board out in the hallway that needs to be filled. The students will be writing their responses in thought or text bubbles that I found on TPT. I am planning on taking pictures of the students and putting their answers next to their photo on the board.

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For my younger students, we brainstorm as a class to answer the question, “What is a musician?” The answers are added to an anchor chart that we can refer to (and add to!) throughout the year as we learn new songs, rhythms, pitches, and other musical elements. (This is actually a great reminder to me to check in with the kids and see what we can add to our chart now that it is February.)

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I want the children to begin to fully grasp the idea that THEY are musicians, and musicologists.  That not only can they create music, but that they can think about and discuss music in an educated manner.

And, of course, have fun!

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