Create a musical theme park that contains "lands" for each of the musical genres!
- use technology in a unique and compelling multidisciplinary unit on musical genres.
- learn the popular songs/music of the musical genre.
- learn the events that took place during the time period that may have influenced the music that was being composed and performed.
- learn the customs and fashions from their chosen time period.
- learn what other art forms were current and significant to the music topic.
- develop a keen sense of music history.
- understand how music has influenced society.
- learn to appreciate different musical styles.
Music, genres, blueprint, model, research
- pencils and paper
- Internet access (for research, if desired)
- art materials for blueprint and model-making
In the MusicLand Theme Park activity students work in small groups to design "lands" that will function as part of a theme park. Each land focuses on a musical genre -- classical, musical theater, ragtime, swing, rock and roll, and more. The students research their assigned genres and create a blueprint or model of the land; the model must meet specific requirements contained in the activity's instructions.
The student "lands" must feature
- performing talent that looks and sounds like the musical artists of their chosen musical style.
- selections of music to be used as background music throughout the "land."
- a restaurant that features the type of food that was a favorite during the time period and, if applicable, geographic location of their genre.
- a souvenir shop that carries reproductions of instruments, recordings, and performers of the chosen era.
Lesson Plan Source
East Side Union High School District (San Jose, California)
FINE ARTS: Music
GRADES K - 4
NA-M.K-4.6 Listening to, Analyzing, and Describing Music
NA-M.K-4.7 Evaluating Music and Music Performances
NA-M.K-4.8 Understanding Relationships Between Music, Other Arts, and Disciplines Outside the Arts
NA-M.K-4.9 Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-M.5-8.6 Listening to, Analyzing, and Describing Music
NA-M.5-8.7 Evaluating Music and Music Performances
NA-M.5-8.8 Understanding Relationships Between Music, Other Arts, and Disciplines Outside the Arts
NA-M.5-8.9 Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
NA-VA.5-8.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES K - 12
NT.K-12.5 Technology Research tools
Return to this week's Lesson Planning article, That's Entertainment: Music Lessons for Every Grade.
See more music lessons on our special Music in Our Schools archive page.
Last updated 03/25/2015