Choir Distance Learning – Middle School

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Thanks to feedback from hundreds of middle school musical teachers nationwide, we learned that there was a need for more listening activities that engaged students. Below, you will find a sample video suitable for listening, a list of questions age appropriate for Middle School (6th-8th grade choir), and links to music standards (NAfME/NCCAS) which can be used for lesson planning (or adapted to your state or district). Many thanks for your feedback, and thanks for letting us know what you need most.

See below for a list of the National Core Arts Standards used in creation of these questions.

Listen to the music above. After you listen, consider the questions below.

I. Responding

1. For what sort of event, concert, or occasion is this music appropriate?

2. Describe the repetition and/or contrast, and any form you hear in the music?

3. How are the text and music working together to express the idea of the composer?

4. How well did this performance convey the meaning of the words? Explain.


II. Connecting

1. Find 3-5 examples of music, similar to this one, that express the music well.

2. How have cultural and/or historical issues influenced the creation of the work?

III.Creating (optional)

1. Improvise a rhythm or melodic idea that reflects the work you just heard.

2. Make a draft of your idea.

3. Notate your idea.

4. Evaluate and refine your idea.

5. Share your idea.

IV. Performing (Evaluation and Planning)

1. Listen to the work with your eyes closed. What did you like about the way it sounded? Explain.

2. Watch the work with the sound off? What did you like about the visual elements? Explain.

3. Is our choir capable of such a performance? Why or why not?

4. Imagine you get to choose music for a concert, select 3-5 pieces that our choir would be able to perform with the given example.

5. Describe how you chose the pieces and why they would be good for our choir.

6. Go back and listen to the example piece one more time, have any of your previous answers changed? Why/why not?

End of questions.

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Information for Teachers:

Below, please find a list of the Standards used for the creation of the questions. If you need more distance learning resources, you can find them here. 

More online videos (interviews and repertoire)

 NAfME Music Standards informing these questions. 

Responding

Select (Choose music appropriate for specific purposes and contexts)
Analyze (Analyze how the structure and context of varied musical works inform the response.)
Interpret (Support interpretations of musical works that reflect creators’/performers’ expressive intent.)
Evaluate (Support evaluations of musical works and performances based on analysis, interpretation, and established criteria.)

Connecting

Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make music.
Relate musical ideas and works with varied context to deepen understanding.

Creating

Imagine (Generate musical ideas for various purposes and contexts.)
Plan and Make (Select and develop musical ideas for defined purposes and contexts)
Evaluate and Refine (Evaluate and refine selected musical ideas to create musical work(s) that meet appropriate criteria.)
Present (Share creative musical work that conveys intent, demonstrates craftsmanship, and exhibits originality.)

Performing

Select (Select varied musical works to present based on interest, knowledge, technical skill, and context.)
Analyze (Analyze the structure and context of varied musical works and their implications for performance.)
Interpret (Develop personal interpretations that consider creators’ intent.)
Rehearse, Evaluate and Refine (Evaluate and refine personal and ensemble performances, individually or in collaboration with others.)
Present (Perform expressively, with appropriate interpretation and technical accuracy, and in a manner appropriate to the audience and context.)