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Lesson Plan Martin Mathes Rationale: The students will review the eighth note rhythm in the context

of musical exercises in their books. The students will learn to analyze their performance. The students will read music new to them. National and State Standards 2.0 Performing on instruments alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 2.2 Demonstrate continuing tonal development and an understanding of a characteristic tone quality. 2.3 Demonstrate fundamental technique on ones instrument. 2.4 Differentiate between correct and incorrect pitch and rhythm. 2.6 Apply techniques of sight-reading. 5.0 Reading and notating music. 5.1 Identify and interpret standard musical notation. 7.0 Evaluating music and music performance. 7.2 Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of ones own and anothers performance using selected criteria. Previous Knowledge - The students have played examples of music with eighths, quarters, halfs, quarter rests, and half rests in it. - The students have played music with paired eighth notes on beat one (Mexican Mountain Song). - The students have performed and evaluated their performance of this song. - The students have demonstrated sight reading with aforementioned rhythms. Objectives: The learner will: Identify and demonstrate eighth note rhythms in musical examples. Read music containing quarters, eighths, and half notes, and rests. Discuss their performance, and ways to improve their performance. Identify correct rhythm and pitches, versus incorrect rhythm and pitches in their performance. Review and refine Jingle Bells. Play Jolly Old Saint Nicholas alone and with others. Materials Needed Standard of Excellence Books Mexican Mountain Song Jingle Bells Melody from Mahler One Jolly old Saint Nicholas

Sight Reading. White board with markers. Instruments Procedure 1. Begin class by having the students play the warmups #30 and #44. a. Have the students raise their hands to give one thing they did well, and why they think it was good. b. Have the students raise their have to give one thing they could improve on, and how they might achieve that result. c. After the students have talked about this give any feedback you have then have the students play the warm ups again making those same adjustments. 2. After the students have played through the warm ups, have them raise their hands to count the rhythms in Mexican Mountain Song. a. This will be good review. b. After have the students clap and say the rhythm as a class. c. Then have them play the rhythm on one note. d. Finally have them play the song with pitches. i. The students now should be putting the piece together faster and playing four or more measures together. 3. After the students have played this song, explain to them that we are about to play a piece of music by a great composer. a. Here we can talk a little about Brahms, and his first symphony. b. Have the students play the first two measures, and have them focus on rhythm. c. Work with them to be able to put together first small chunks, and then larger chunks. 4. As an intermission have the students play through Jingle Bells, and have them identify some areas that could use improvement, and how they think it could be achieved. 5. Return back to the Mahler theme, and have the students play the whole piece through. a. Have the students evaluate their performance, and find areas that could use some improvement. b. Give the students feedback, and discuss ways they think they could improve. c. Make adjustments, and have them play again. 6. After this ask for volunteers to play the solo sections of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. a. Allow different students to play, and make adjustments. b. This will be a chance to have your strong students to perform, and make a student example for the other students. 7. End the class by explaining that every student needs to take their instruments home and practice, because there will be a playing test tomorrow.