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Lesson Plans

Another Plug for the PBS Newsletter

From: mdecker (mdecker)
Date: Fri Aug 18 2000 - 13:04:33 PDT

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    This is mainly for those working towards a comprehensive art
    curriculum--Might get some ideas here to do with the music teacher.

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    Below are the recent Music Links and Dance proformance information:

    Music - Elementary/Middle School

    ARTHUR focuses on themes and events central to children's lives and tries to
    encourage a love of reading and writing.
    Rhythms from Around the World
    Explore rhythm and movement with music from many cultures.
    Arthur's Recycled Rhythm Band
    Creating percussion instruments helps children learn musical components and
    helps to distinguish patterns.

    Explore the culture and history of New York, and that of your own community.
    Sing The Blues
    Students learn about the characteristics of blues music and create their own
    blues lyrics.

    Explore contemporary music along the Mississippi River.
    Extension Activities: Episode One
    Students explore Native American drumming and dancing; dance a polka; write
    parody lyrics; and investigate syncopation and chord structure.
    Extension Activities: Episode Two
    Clogging, African-American drumming, bluegrass, and Mississippi steamboat
    soundings and folksongs are explored in these activities.
    Extension Activities: Episode Three
    Play simple blues bass lines, invent blues lyrics, compare electric and
    acoustic music, and learn about gospel style.
    Extension Activities: Episode Four
    Students learn more about improvisation, accompaniment, and compare zydeco
    and Cajun styles of music.

    A chronicle of the life of one folk singer and songwriter, the discussion
    questions explore the role of music in society and oral traditions.

    Professional development resources and theme-based math activities for your
    Music: Time and Music
    Learn about fractions by reading musical notation.

    A series of science specials hosted by Alan Alda.
    Science in Paradise: The Pan Man
    Model how steel drum bands produce different pitches.

    Great Performances "Can't Stop Now"
    Middle/High School
    Wednesday, August 23, 2000 (8:30-9:30 pm)
    This special salutes the Netherlands Dance Theater 3, the chamber company
    Dutch choreographer Jiri Kylian that celebrates special dancers who once had
    illustrious careers in ballet and contemporary dance, but later found
    themselves too old for conventional troupes. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

    The music never stops on this companion site that proves that life for a
    dancer doesn't have to end at 40. Take a look at the Nederlans Dans Theatre
    and its offspring, NDT II and III with interviews with those who know them
    well. Plus, view modern dance through modern technology with a video clip
    from the program and access resources on the performers and their art.
    (Available Wednesday, August 23)


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