Group Size: Any

Prior knowledge:

Students have already learned about how to classify instruments.

Learning Objectives:

1. Students will be able to identify name and type (classify) of at least 3 instruments from around the world.

2. Students will be able to explain at least 2 aspects of a culture's music.

3. Students will be able to explain at least 1 way in which the music of a culture reflects that culture's traditions.

Guiding Questions:

How do cultures use music to reflect their traditions? What instruments do you associate with different cultures? What different kinds of instruments are played around the world? How are they different? How are they similar?


As students come into class, the song "Soobax" by K'Nann will be playing. Once the song is over and the students have taken their seats, there will be a brief whole class lesson about the song, it's meaning, the characteristics that make it world music, and how it reflects traditions and events going on in K'Nann's native country. This will serve as an example for their centers and guided practice worksheets. Then, I will ask the students if they know any world music, either from their own culture or someone else's, and how it reflects something about that culture. This will be a brief discussion before they go into different centers.

Students will then be able to choose from a few stations to learn about world instruments and the cultures they are connected with.

Station 1: Students will be able to look at and play world instruments. At each instrument, there will be an reading excerpt that goes along with it. It will tell you a little bit about the instrument, its classification, and its use in the culture and music.

Station 2: Students will watch a few selected videos online about the world instruments and a demonstration of how they are used, as well as some insight into the culture in which they are used.

Station 3: Students can read selected excerpts about world instruments, their classifications, and how their are used in the music and culture.

Each student will complete a guided practice worksheet at whichever station they choose.

After the stations are completed, students will choose 1 culture or instrument that particularly interested them. Then, they will complete independent or group (up to 3 students) research to learn more about that culture and the instrument associated with it. To research, they can: go to the library, go online, use the books and textbooks provided in the classroom. Students may also practice an instrument to perform, but additional reading must be done. The research conducted will allow them to complete a project for assessment.

Assessment: The first assessment will be a guided practice worksheet that each student must complete individually. The next assessment will be an informal assessment while the students are researching for their project. The teacher will make sure that their research will help the student meet the goals of the objective, and make sure they are on the right track. The final assessment will be the project.

Benchmark or Standards:

MU.912.C.1.3 Analyze instruments of the world and classify them by common traits.

MU.912.H.1.1 Investigate and discuss how a culture’s traditions are reflected through its music.


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