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TWS-3

6th grade
o

The objectives of this sixth grade band unit are to teach beginner students how to
play their instruments with proper technique and hand position to help prepare for
their upcoming Christmas concert.
Unit Objectives Activities/Instructional Assessment of Accommodations
Strategies
Objective
Adaptions
TSWBAT work



through the



standard of



excellence book


and practice



“Jolly Old St.



Nick” for



assessment.



(MI6-1.4



Perform on an
Students will play
Informal
There is one
instrument
through the “Standard of assessment will student that is
while
Excellence” book to
be used to
borderline autistic,
maintaining
achieve proper playing
identify correct meaning she
good posture
technique.
posture and
doesn’t have an
and playing
playing
IEP but they are
position and
technique.
looking into testing
demonstrating
for autism, so she
good breath
can not be called
support. MI6-1.7
on to demonstrate
Demonstrate the
individual
characteristic
performance.
tone quality of

the particular
instrument
while playing
with accurate
notes and
rhythms.)
TSWBAT work
through the
standard of
excellence book
and practice
“Jingle Bells” for
assessment.
(MI6-1.4
Perform on an
instrument

Students will play
through the “Standard of
Excellence” book to
achieve proper playing
technique.

Informal
assessment will
be used to
identify correct
posture and
playing
technique.

There is one
student that is
borderline autistic,
meaning she
doesn’t have an
IEP but they are
looking into testing
for autism, so she

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while
maintaining
good posture
and playing
position and
demonstrating
good breath
support. MI6-1.7
Demonstrate the
characteristic
tone quality of
the particular
instrument
while playing
with accurate
notes and
rhythms.)

can not be called
on to demonstrate
individual
performance.

These objectives are appropriate for this age group because the grade of
the music fits with their skill level. This is also challenging because it
constantly makes the students perform on their instruments to help get
them more comfortable since they are beginners.

7th and 8th grade
o

The objectives of this seventh and eighth grade band unit were to prepare and
rehearse for the Christmas concert as well as region band. I designed this unit to help
add important music characteristics to the region solos as well as concert literature
to help improve overall performance.
Unit Objectives Activities/Instructiona
Assessment of Accommodations
l Strategies
Objective
Adaptations
After being



taught what a



phrase is,



TSWBAT use



their knowledge


of phrases to
Model correct phrasing
Informal
Extend time for
play “Frosty the by playing examples of
assessment
better explanation
Snowman” and the right and wrong way listening to
of concept.
“Christmas
of shaping a phrase.
correct phrase
Chimes” with
attempts.
98% accuracy
(MI7-1.6 Play
instruments
expressively

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with
appropriate
dynamics and
phrasing)
TSWBAT define
blend and
demonstrate
and
understanding
of this concept
by performing
it correctly
throughout the
lesson and in a
final-run
through at the
end of class
(MI8-1.8
Perform, alone
and in groups,
music written
in two or more
parts, balancing
dynamics,
blending
timbres, and
using welldeveloped
ensemble
skills in
response to the
cues of a
conductor.)

Model correct and
incorrect blending
techniques using two
student volunteers to
have visual
representation of
concept.

Informal
assessment
listening and
adjusting to find
correct blend.

Extend time for
better
explanation of
concept.

These objectives are appropriate for this age group because the grade of
the music literature fits their skill level and the students are at that age
where they can understand these types of concepts. They also are
challenging because these pieces test the students on articulation and
instrumental range.

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High School
o

The objective of this High School unit is to understand key signatures and how to
spot them in a piece of music. This will help the students perform better on their

upcoming Christmas concert as well as their upcoming region band audition.
Unit Objectives Activities/Instructional Assessment of Accommodations

Strategies
Objective
Adaptions
The student will



be able to learn



about how to
Students will work on
Key signature ID Extend time to

identify key
Key Signature ID
worksheets are allow students to
signatures of
worksheets and will play used to evaluate complete

both flat and
the piece “Christmas
if the student
worksheet.
sharp keys and Time with Charlie
understood the
fill out a
Brown”.
concept.

worksheet on
Informal
them with 95%
assessment is

accuracy. The
also used to
student will also
listen to the

be able to apply
selected
what they learn
Christmas

about key
literature for
signatures to
understanding

their Christmas
of correct
concert
pitches based on
literature.
key signatures.

(MIH1-1.7
Demonstrate

the
characteristic

tone quality of
the particular

instrument
while playing

with accurate
notes, rhythms,
dynamics,

articulations,
and intonation

and maintaining
a steady

tempo.)

These objectives are appropriate for this age group because the grade
of the music literature fits their skill level and the students are at that

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age where they can understand these types of concepts. This is also
challenging because it requires the students to critically think about
what notes are in the time signatures that are written.