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 02/25/2012