Have your students read about and summarize biographies of composers, genres of music, etc.. When students are listening to music a great connection to writing would be in the form of analysis or critique. Creating/Performing music? How about an artistic statement?
The most important part of the common core is that kids are engaged in reading, writing and vocabulary across content areas. The strategies teachers use to do this are essential to process. The arts lend themselves to problem-solving and personal reflection. Embrace this.
When students read and write, the questioning techniques teachers use will get to the depth and rigor of the standard. The instructional strategies are as important as the words of the standards themselves.
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Love the suggestions Kay. Also, create groups of kids to teach/instruct a class period under your close supervision on a particular framework using said vocabulary, composers, bios. etc. Supply them withe the material and allow a little class time but also encouraging them to work together outside of class. Also encourage them to use other sources as well.
Common Core is all about meta-cognition. Music is a perfect fit because musicians think about thinking all the time. Why do we do what we do? Why did we make this choice, or that one, when we composed or performed the music? In my fourth grade classes I am teaching historical songs/contemporary songs including "The Star Spangled Banner," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, " "Happy," and the school song which I composed. We discuss the composer's motivation. Is the song informational, persuasive or entertainment? Who was the intended audience of the song? I hear my students connecting the ideas they've discovered to other lessons I teach. This overlap of ideas and learning is another key component to Common Core.
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