Lesson Plan Title:
||3-5 days, 60 minute sessions
||This lesson is designed to
introduce children to Native American music, history, and culture.
||1. Singing, alone and with others,
a varied repertoire of music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
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||The students will:
- Demonstrate differences between high and
low pitches, loud and soft volumes.
- Identify a voice that is tensed or
strained and one that is relaxed.
- List qualities of vocal timbre found in
Native American music, such as clear, nasal, gravelly, or rough.
- Identify various vocal textures found in
Native American music such as solo, unison, and
- Acknowledge shouts or yells, animal
sounds, and other vocal uses as important Native American
- Recordings: An Anthology of North
American Indian and Eskimo Music; Songs of Earth, Water, Fire,
and Sky; Music of the American Indian; Songs and Dances of the
Eastern Indians from Medicine Spring and Allegany; Indian Music
of the Pacific Northwest Coast; Music of the American Indians of
the Southwest; Songs of the Sioux.
- Maps of North America and the United
- Demonstrate the differences between high
and low pitches, and loud and soft volume. Demonstrate the
difference between a voice that is strained, tensed, or relaxed;
clear nasal, gravelly, or rough. Play recordings to present
point (Musical Rhythmic).
- Listen to recordings of the music. Have
the students discuss the various textures found in the
recordings (Verbal Linguistic). Compare the singing styles to
recordings of Navajo and Sioux songs.
- Ask the students questions such as “are
there unusual yells or shouts?”
- Teach the students to sing along with one
of the simpler songs having the students attempting to match the
- When discussing the different tribes,
point out the area where the tribes are from (Interpersonal).
- When finished discussing, have the
students write in their journals what they have learned about
Native American music, history, and culture (Intrapersonal).
Adjustments for Special Learners