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Ritmo Embolada: An Introduction of Brazilian Rhythm

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Students analyze "Embolada" style of poetry/song, and through identifying its components, improvise their own compositions.

On the Plains of Orinoco: Joropo Music in Colombia

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This lesson investigates life on the Colombian Orinoco Plains through the exploration of Joropo Music. Activities include Spanish attentive listening, cultural enrichment, and musical interaction through singing, playing, and moving.

Colorful Genres in Harp Music from Paraguay

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This lesson is divided in three segments that describe three colorful styles of Paraguayan music: the polca galopa, the guarani and the polca paraguaya. Students will practice playing and dancing to these styles, as well as develop an awareness of the historical roots of the harp in Paraguay.

Pacific Islander Songs, Sounds, and Signals: Musics of Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga

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Explore the music of the Pacific islands of Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga, including their instruments and cultural similarities. Practice musical notation by transcribing and rhythm and melodic contour. Identify the instruments used and their significance.

Paradise Found: Singing and Drumming of Western Samoa

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This exciting lesson explores the rich sounds of Western Samoa. Students will recreate the beautiful sounds of singable melodies with uncomplicated rhythm. The students will sing, dance, and drum in the traditional community style of Western Samoa.

Gateway Experiences in the Music of North India

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Students will be introduced to the music of India with a focus on introductory terminology, elemental concepts, and instrument identification through various singing, listening and playing opportunities.

Ooooh, the Oud

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Use video and music to discover the ancient Middle Eastern stringed instrument, the oud. Discuss the history of the instrument and compare different styles of playing. Learn to identify and repeat the different rhythms.

Shintaro-san of the Mountain: Mountains, Minyo, and Japanese Culture

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This tutorial provides an introductory view into Japanese traditional ballads or folksongs, known as minyo, and folktales involving the cultural heritage of Japanese mountains. Basic background of Japanese traditional music and Japanese mountain folklore will be discussed.

Musical Hooves on the Steppes: The Morin Huur of Mongolia

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Explore rural nomadic life in Mongolia and the highly impressionistic music and arts of the Central Asian steppes. Students learn to imitate sounds of the natural environment through improvised dance, instrumental performance, and throat-singing.

Folk Music of Turkey: The Songs and Dances of Anatolia and the Black Sea

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Students will be introduced to Turkish style song and dance through listening to, recreating the sounds of, and dancing Bacon is in the Larder.

Allo, Monsieur! French Canadian Children’s Songs

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This unit affords teachers with opportunities to lead children in active singing games and dances from Quebec, Canada. These lessons will offer young singers and players an opportunity to listen to, discuss, sing, play games, and create.

Zydeco est Gumbo: An Introduction to Zydeco Music

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In this unit, students will explore Zydeco Music and its French Canadian and Afro-Caribbean roots. Through cultural enrichment, attentive and engaged listening, stories, and dance, the students will gain a better understanding of Zydeco music in relation to its history and culture.

Fish Tales: Exploring the Folk Music of Newfoundland

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In this series of lessons students will learn about the culture and economy of Newfoundland, learn to sing the folksongs “I’s the B’y” and “Jack Was Ev’ry Inch a Sailor,” learn a folk dance, play recorder and hand chimes, and create a dramatic play.

Jamaican Song, Dance, and Play: Experiences with Jamaican Musical Traditions

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This lesson is intended to develop knowledge about certain aspects of Jamaican music and culture. Students will experience glimpses of Jamaican culture through listening, performance, game play, and discussion.

The Sound of an Island: Jamaican Music for the Classroom

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Students will be introduced to the music and history of Jamaican culture through performing various game songs and dances, as well as playing simple songs transcribed for the recorder.

El Coquí

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Puerto Rican culture is a representation of the diverse heritages of three cultural groups: Taíno Indians, Africans, and Spaniards. In this lesson, students will learn about the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, the Taíno Indians, and their influence on Puerto Rican culture.

Bluegrass Music: A Toe-Tapping Exploration of an American Art Form

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Students will be introduced to American Bluegrass music and Appalachian songs through singing, listening and conversation. A number of songs will be compared leading to a conversation on the characteristics of Traditional American music.

"I’ve Got a Friend in Chicago"

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Students will listen to, analyze, and perform music created by children in the United States and for children by American folk artists.In addition, students will record their own games, songs, and chants.

Singing for Justice: Following the Musical Journey of “This Little Light of Mine”

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Students will learn the history behind “This Little Light of Mine”, following the song through slavery, the civil rights movement, and up to its current day applications. Students will also learn to sing the song itself in multiple languages and write their own verses.

Island Soundscape: Musics of Hawai'i, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea

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Discover the island cultures of the South Pacific and their musical expressions with songs, crafts, and games. Uses recordings of Hawaiian slack key guitar, rhythmic game songs from the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea flute playing.

Trail of Tears: Music of the American Indian Diaspora

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The segments of this unit offer an investigation of the impact of circumstance on the music of a people through examination of several musical selections from the Five Nations heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee in particular) during and following the Trail of Tears of 1831 and 1838 respectively.

Moccasin Madness! Navajo and Apache Moccasin Game Songs

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Moccasin Game songs of the Navajo and Mescalero Apache tribes are little known outside these cultures, but hold intrigue and understanding for those who pursue the experiences noted here. Students will learn the cultural significance, key traits, and pure joys of playing Moccasin Game songs through an exciting process of listening, singing, and playing.

The Power of Pete Seeger’s Songs and Stories

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Open the eyes of your students to the beauty and power of American and world folk songs and stories through the iconic figure of Pete Seeger. Explore his important work in promoting peace, understanding, community, and wonder through song.

Get Moving With Ella Jenkins

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In these two lessons, accompanied by music from Get Moving with Ella Jenkins, young students can develop comfort singing, clapping, and moving along with musical tracks, while also developing an understanding of basic musical concepts (beat, volume, notes, and rests).
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