Music Assignments For Teens

Teenagers: Songs 4: Activities

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Using pop songs in the classroom is a common activity. They are an enjoyable alternative to the traditional listening comprehension.

  • Choose songs that are clear, make sense and do not contain a lot of unknown vocabulary.

  • You may decide to pre-teach some key vocabulary.


Gap fills

  • Write out the song lyrics but leave gaps instead of some words. For example, gap all the verbs or adjectives.

  • Students listen and fill in the missing words. They may need to listen two or three times.

  • If you feel students will find this difficult, write the missing words randomly around the text and so the students have an idea what they are listening out for.

Jumbled lines

  • Write out the song lyrics, but this time jumble whole lines and students have to put them into the correct order while listening to the song.

  • You may wish to cut up the lines, to make the task easier for the students – or get them to cut up the sheet before the activity.

  • Students can work in pairs.

Spot the mistakes

An easier activity:

  • Write out the lyrics of the song, but make about 20 mistakes e.g. change the tense, write an opposite or synonym instead of the correct word. The students listen.

  • The first time ask them to underline the words that are different and the second (or third) time actually write what they hear above the word or phrase that is wrong.

  • After each hearing they can check with each other – in a mixed ability classroom this ensures no-one is left behind and gets demotivated.

  • After they have checked that they got the right words, ask them to go through and see if the mistakes were words or phrases that were the same, similar or opposite in meaning: a good focus on vocabulary and/or grammar. 

Translation activity

A challenging activity for monolingual classrooms:

  • In pairs or small groups, students choose a popular song in their Mother Tongue and translate it into English, ensuring that it is still singable to the same tune! They could also do it the other way round choosing a (pop) song sung in English and translate it into their own language.

  • You could also do this in a multilingual classroom or where students share two or more language other than English, (such as Senegal where the children could translate an English song into French or Wolof) as long as there are at least 2 or 3 children who can work together.

Other ideas for using songs in classs

Teenagers: Songs 1: Music in the background

Teenagers: Songs 2: Music as a stimulus for speaking

Teenagers: Songs 3: Music as a stimulus for writing

Teenagers: Songs 5: Discussion and presentation

Teenagers: Songs 6: Songs and grammar

The Beauty of Beethoven

Aesthetic Response Lesson Plan Grade Level 9-12  Summary After reading excerpts from the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, students will analyze and interpret aesthetic beauty. They will apply their knowledge by identifying, analyzing and interpreting beauty in excerpts from Beethoven’s Fifth symphony.   …

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

This lesson uses dance as a way of speaking without words

Title – THE ART OF SPEAKING, THROUGH THE EYES OF A DANCER By – TAURUS M. HINES Primary Subject – Language Arts Secondary Subjects – Music (Dance & Movement) Grade Level – 9-12 Objective: To use dance as a way of speaking …

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Here’s a fun history project called “We Didn’t Start The Fire”

  Title – “We Didn’t Start the Fire” project By – Sarah Kietzman Primary Subject – Social Studies Secondary Subjects – Music Grade Level – 9-12 This is just a preliminary sketch of a lesson that I plan to use in the …

Subjects:

Music, Social Studies  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Here is a lesson for teaching the whole tone scale

Title – Teaching the Whole Tone Scale By – Keith Subject – Music Grade Level – 9 – 12 OBJECTIVE: To be able to create a whole tone scale starting on any given pitch. Materials: Recordings of Debussy “Prelude to ‘Afternoon of …

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Ballou High School Movie Unit – Lesson Plan I

Title – Ballou High School Movie Unit – Lesson Plan I Film Produced by – Casey Callister Lesson Plan written by – Bobby Koeth III Primary Subject – Social Studies Secondary Subjects – Music Grade Level – 9-12, College Introduction:   Ballou …

Subjects:

Music, Social Studies  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

The question “Does background music affect your writing?” is answered here

Title – Music Mood Creative Writing By – Jennifer Blake Primary Subject – Language Arts Secondary Subject – Music, Science Grade Level – 9-12 Students will understand how background music (as well as other outside influences) affect the mood of a piece …

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music, Science  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Intervals, scales, and triads are the subjects of this lesson

Intervals, Scales, and Triads by Angie Cox Grade Level: 9 – 12 I. Objectives: A. Understand intervals in terms of musical notes including whole and half steps, major, minor and perfect. B. build a major scale on any given whole tone C. …

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

In this lesson, song lyrics are corrected for grammar and punctuation

Title – Grammatically Correct By – Bob Urbani Primary Subject – Language Arts Secondary Subjects – Music Grade Level – 7-9 Procedure: Have students bring in the lyrics to a popular song or one of their favorite songs. Songs cannot have bad …

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music  

Grades:

7, 8, 9  

This lesson looks at the Poetry of Music

  Title – Poetry of Music By – Eric Blackman Primary Subject – Language Arts Secondary Subjects – Music Grade Level – 7-9 Concept/Topic to Teach: Poetic Devices General Goal: The learner will respond to various literary genres using interpretive and evaluative …

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music  

Grades:

7, 8, 9  

Here a Student Representative Council For The Bands is created

Title – Democracy in the Music Classroom By – Kyle Inouye Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subject – Social Studies Grade Level – 9-12 Student Representative Council For The Bands Students often time need a sense of structure and stability. To create …

Subjects:

Music, Social Studies  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Here students create their own rap songs incorporating the use of similes and metaphors

Title – Hip-hop Similes and Metaphors By – David Willard Primary Subject – Language Arts Secondary Subjects – Music Grade Level – 9-12 Content: The purpose and use of similes and metaphors in both literature and colloquial speech. Benchmarks: ELA.10.LE.1 Identify how …

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

This is a dynamics in music performance lesson

Title – Dynamics By – Deanna Putnam Primary Subject – Music Grade Level – 9-12 Concept / Topic to Teach: Dynamics in music performance General Goal(s): Students will be able to recognize and perform varying dynamics. Specific Objectives: Students will recognize pp, …

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Vocal Types

Title – Vocal Types By – Karen Pearson Primary Subject – Music Grade Level – 9 – 11   FEMALE MALE HIGH   Michael Jackson LOW     Students are required to create a two-by-two box grid. Along the top of the …

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

9, 10, 11  

A Music lesson plan on the Opera

Music Opera Lesson Grade: 9 – 12 By Krystine Vollan   This lesson will work with any grade above 5th. Basically you need music of many operas from past and present rock operas. I start off by having the students brain storm …

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

This lesson uses an interactive website to teach key signatures to AP music theory students

  Title – Making Key Signatures Simple By – Kari Jo Douglas Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subjects – Computers / Internet Grade Level – 9 – 12  Teaching Key Signatures to AP Music Theory Students 1. Gain Attention Pique the learners’ …

Subjects:

Computers & Internet, Music  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Here is a jazz musician’s crossword puzzle idea

  Title – Jazz Musician Crossword By – Stacey Tyler Primary Subject – Music Grade Level – 9-12 Students will find this either very simple or at least fun. If you a have a method of creating a crossword puzzle on your …

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Students invent and use a new notation system in this lesson

Title – Creating Your Own Notation System By – Amy Sladowski Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subjects – Art Grade Level – 8-10 Inventing a New Notation System Pre-requisites: The students should learn how read treble and bass clef as well as …

Subjects:

Art, Music  

Grades:

8, 9, 10  

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