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5th Grade band lesson
5th Grade Band (3rd Lesson)
In past lessons the students have learned how to put their instruments together and how to hold and make sounds on their instruments. In their very first lesson, the students learn Hot Cross Buns by rote before they open their book. In their second lesson, they were introduced to the Accent on Achievement book, and played the whole note/rest songs on page 6 (which are on the notes G F E).
This lesson plan was written for a 30 minute lesson time. The Who’s and Too’s part of the lesson takes less than 5 minutes, the rest of the time should be spend reviewing and playing. Keep the combinations simple during the “game”, for example: Who Who Too Too…etc. The students think it’s really fun, but make sure to tell the students that Who’s aren’t allowed and you only played them so they would know the difference.This lesson can be adapted to every instrument. The clarinets use just the mouthpiece/barrel, saxes use mouthpiece and neck, all brass can use their mouth piece, and oboe/bassoon can use just the reed. The whispering sound that is mentioned is produced by blowing air through the mouthpiece/reed and the embouchure loose enough to produce an airy sound. Flutes can just do this exercise while playing normally on their head joints.
5th Grade Clarinet Lesson (3rd lesson)
Reviewing first 3 notes, learning quarter notes, articulation
Play, Read/Notate, Listen, Evaluate
Behavior Learning Objectives:
Provided with their instrument and an Accent on Achievement book, students will be able to play Hot Cross Buns by rote, identify their first 3 notes, whole notes/rests, quarter notes in their music and play with correct playing position, as well as learn articulation and apply it to quarter notes, with a clear, continuous air stream.
Instrument, Accent on Achievement book, pencil, music stand, chair.
Sequence of Activities and Assessment
1. Take attendance, record practice times.
2. Assist students in assembling their instruments if necessary.
3. Review first 3 notes, play one at a time
---Checking on playing position, posture, correct fingerings/slide positions
4. Play through Hot Cross Buns that students learned by rote in first lesson (E D C). Repeat if needed.
5. Review information and notes on pg. 6.
---G F E
6. Play though pg 6 #1-5, assisting and correcting when necessary
---take turns naming notes
---finger through while teacher plays
7. Teach articulation using Who’s and Too’s method
---Have students take off mouthpiece/barrel
---Model incorrect articulation (Who’s) and correct articulation (Too’s) by whispering (blowing air through without playing)
---Play different combinations of Who’s and Too’s. Ask students to tell you what you played. (make sure they can tell the difference)
---Ask students to Who 4 times, then Too 4 times.
---Tell students Who’s are no longer allowed, every note starts with a Too now, and that clarinets actually say Tee while tonguing
---Model correct articulation while playing F sharp (note that should sound when embouchure is tight enough), then have students try.
---When successful, put instrument back together.
8. Introduce quarter notes
9. Play through #10-11a on pg. 7
---Name notes, fingerings
---Remind about tonguing
10. Talk about how to practice the rest of pg. 7
---Step 1: Say note names
---Step 2: Finger through
---Step 3: Play
Write assignment down, clean and put away instruments.
: Informal assessment, listen to student's articulation, tone production, look to see if they are holding the instrument right, using the right fingerings etc.
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