541- Social Networking Lesson Plans

Skype Lesson Plan:
Skype Address: Dean.Chorus
Skype Website: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home
Time Requirements: Set up: 2 hours, Master Class: 40 minutes, Post-Class: 1 hour

Concept:
Master Class with GSU staff member Dr. Patrick Freer
Standards:
MMSIC.1 – Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
a. Demonstrate and discuss appropriate singing posture and breathing techniques.
d. Identify and begin to develop pure vowel sounds and clear consonants.
e. Utilize aural skills to match pitch, improve intonation, and sing with attention to ensemble balance and blend.
f. Demonstrate and discuss aspects of expressive performance through dynamics, tempo, and phrasing.

Pre-Class Setup:
1. Videotape Chorus concert on March 8th. Send to Dr. Patrick Freer at Georgia State University with copies of music and chart of student’s names.
2. Set up Skype Call appointment for a master class one week later.
3. Inform students of master class. Provide students with Dr. Freer’s biography. Have students write questions for Dr. Freer down and turn them in for review.
4. Invite Board Members, Principal, Parents and other teachers/ students to the Master Class session.
5. Check out laptop, laptop camera, video camera and projector from library. Set up Chorus risers in classroom. Set up computer, camera and projector. Set up video camera to tape the master class session. About an hour before class, make test call to make sure you have the connection. Make sure Bill Curtiss, technology specialist at school, is available for any problems.

During the Master Class:
1. When students arrive, have them stand in the same spaces as the concert. It may even be helpful for them to wear nametags. Remind students of expectations and how to treat guests in out classroom. Hand out student papers with acceptable questions and let them know that they will have time to ask them at the end of the master class. Go ahead with warm-up.
2. Welcome visitors and distinguished guests.
3. Make call to Dr. Freer. Introduce him and welcome his to our classroom. He will teach master class with students offering comments on performance and suggestions for improvements. Teacher will stay close to help with names, class behavior and anything Dr. Freer needs.

Wrap- Up:
Have the students write an exit slip about three things they learned from Dr. Freer. Post on bulletin board with pictures from Master Class, Dr. Freer’s picture and biography and standards addressed.

Post- Class:

  • After class, return equipment and send thank you notes to Mr. Freer and Mr. Curtiss.
  • Watch video tape and make notes of session. Attach notes to outside of case and store in archives.

WackWall Lesson Plan:
WackWall Address: http://deanchorus.wall.fm/blogs
WackWall Website: http://wall.fm/
Time Requirements: Set up: 30 minutes, Class: 40 minutes, Post-Class: 1 hour

Concept:
Evaluate musical performances
Standards:
MMSIC.6 – Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
c. Utilize writing skills to describe the elements of music and the emotions and thoughts that music communicates.

MMSIC.7 – Evaluating music and music performances
a. Listen to and evaluate group music performances with attention to vocal technique, accuracy of pitch and rhythm, diction, dynamics, and phrasing through discussion and writing.
b. Reflect on the nature of performance in music and in related arts through discussion and writing.

Pre-Class Setup:

  • Post links to Random Acts of Culture to school website:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp_RHnQ-jgU&feature=fvst
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6hJ1WtwTc4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSdjIrCPKUI&playnext=1&list=PLB7BE7BD0A4D66CA0

  • Post link to WackWall website to school website:

http://deanchorus.wall.fm/blogs

  • Sign out computer lab
  • Several days in advance, tell students to meet you at the computer lab, assign computers and remind them to bring their own headphones.
  • Secure extra headphones for those who forget.

During the Class:

When students arrive, remind them of their assigned seats. Direct them to the school website. They will need to watch all three videos, the last one is here in the Atlanta Airport. They need to write their answers to the following questions on their own papers:
1. After watching each performance, write one sentence about the emotions that the music in each of these performances communicates.
2. Evaluate the performances by offering an “oreo” for each one (a positive, and improvement, a positive).
3. Answer in one sentence: What do you think the audience took away from this performance? What was the message of this performance?
4. Students need to post their answers (remind them to make a username that is not their own) to the WackWall website. They need to also read some their classmates responses and reply to at least one.
5. Students need to write down their user names for teacher to grade assignment.

Wrap- Up:
Students need to log out of their computers, flip the mouse over for the teacher to check, push in their chairs and line up.

Post- Class:
After class, check all computers. Grade comments and post grades in gradebook. Invite parents to view student work.

BlogSpot Lesson Plan:
BlogSpot Address:  http://chorusteacher.blogspot.com/2011/02/african-music.html
Time Requirements: Set up: 30 minutes, Class: 40 minutes, Post-Class: 1 hour

Concept:
Discuss world music and world events.
Standards:
MMSIC.9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture
a. Identify and describe historical and cultural characteristics of a varied repertoire including world music.
d. Discuss how music relates to personal development and enjoyment of life.
e. Discuss the relationship between music, world events, history, and culture.

Pre-Class Setup:

  • Post links to Siyahamaba to school website:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1KZbMprW8U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jXxnr-FzQU&feature=related

  • Post link to history of Nkosi Sikeleli Africa:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nkosi_Sikelel%27_iAfrika

  • Post links to Nkosi Sikeleli Afrika to school website:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXKur2FAN7g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_AdfRYMWSI&feature=related (at soccer match)

  • Post link to BlogSpot website to school website:

http://chorusteacher.blogspot.com/2011/02/african-music.html

  • Sign out computer lab
  • Several days in advance, tell students to meet you at the computer lab, assign computers and remind them to bring their own headphones.
  • Secure extra headphones for those who forget.

During the Class:

When students arrive, remind them of their assigned seats. Direct them to the school website.
Warm Up: Students will need to watch the first two videos. They need to write their answers to the following questions on their own papers:

  1. After watching each performance, write one sentence telling me where you think these choirs are from.
  2. Evaluate the performances by offering an “oreo” for each one (a positive, and improvement, a positive).
  3. Answer in one sentence: What do you think the audience took away from this performance? What was the message of this performance?

Lesson:
Students will need to read the history of Nkosi Sikeleli Africa. Then they need to watch the second set of videos. They need to write their answers to the following questions on their own papers:

  1. After watching each performance, write one sentence telling me where you think these choirs are from.
  2. Evaluate the performances by offering an “oreo” for each one (a positive, and improvement, a positive).
  3. Answer in one sentence: What do you think the audience took away from this performance? What was the message of this performance?
  4. Students need to post their answers (remind them to make a username that is not their own) to the WackWall website. They need to also read some their classmates responses and reply to at least one.

Closing:
Students need to write down their user names for teacher to grade assignment.

Wrap- Up:

Students need to log out of their computers, flip the mouse over for the teacher to check, push in their chairs and line up.

Post- Class:

After class, check all computers. Grade comments and post grades in gradebook. Invite parents to view student work.

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