Interpreting and Conveying Musical Meaning
Students will be placed into groups of three or four to work together to interpret meaning in popular songs. The teacher should assign groups prior to announcing the assignment in order to ensure that each group comprises students with varying musical backgrounds and experience.
In Part 1, students will assemble into their groups, listen to a song of the teacher’s choice, and complete a song interpretation worksheet for the song. The worksheet can be found in the Student Booklet. Teachers should modify song choices to match the instructional levels of their students. In Part 2, students will work in their groups to write their own songs. This part will take place over two class periods. In Part 3, student groups will each perform their song in class and convey its musical meaning to their peers.
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