The Elements of Music

Introduction

Welcome to The Elements of Music Webquest. In this quest you will be learning the basic elements of music. Your job is to become an expert in your topic area and teach the class everything you learn. Be sure to include an engaging activity for the class to do while you are teaching. As always, have fun and be creative. 

Task

Each student will choose a topic, at random, to research and teach. Using the links provided, you will each become experts on your topics. You will then create a  lesson and teach the class about your topic. 

When you complete the WebQuest and teach your lesson, everyone in the class should be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is tempo and why is it important?

2. What is rhythm, and how does it affect music?

3. What is the definition of pitch? Why is it needed in creating music?

4. What is melody and how does it relate to pitch?

5. What is harmony? How does it relate to melody?

6. What is a staff? What is its purpose?  How many lines and spaces does a staff have? How does it affect music?

7. What is a clef? What are the names of the two most common clefs? Where on the musical staff can you locate the clef?

8. What is a time signature? Where can it be located on the staff? How does the time signature affect the beat of the music? 

9. What are quarter notes, half notes and whole notes? How do they affect music?

10. What are the note names on the treble clef staff? The bass clef staff? What are easy ways for us to remember them?

11. What is an interval? How does it affect music?

Process

Step 1:

Choose a topic card. 

Step 2: 

Using the links below research your topic.

Basic Elements

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNZ-Vt0IaZY

Tempo, Rhythm, Melody, Harmony

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-aoIcJ2_yw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYgBHpUfQnw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUtEg8Qxuxk&list=PL3NcxLQ2Zm_JXwa7AOOwtoe4w1IgToBa2&index=24

Note Values, Time Signature, Duration 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYdl0nNQiVQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUUOngEGwVo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbulvakDs1w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlNxytJE3p8&list=PL3NcxLQ2Zm_JXwa7AOOwtoe4w1IgToBa2&index=3

The Staff, Lines and Spaces, Clefs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggqWlzg1620

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKfF_hZnAVM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCZ3qOnNOsk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgeW_Uk13dk&list=PL3NcxLQ2Zm_JXwa7AOOwtoe4w1IgToBa2&index=25&spfreload=10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le10tF_3YWg&spfreload=10

Pitch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfeFWXdStgk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhnc13MCy-c

Websites

http://www.sfskids.org/

www.dsokids.com

www.musiclearningcommunity.com

http://pianoeducation.org/pnokids.html

Step 3:

Create a two to five minute lesson that teaches the class about your topic. Your lesson should be engaging and entertaining. Be sure to include at least 3 slides that teach the class about your topic. Use Google Slides and be sure to share it with me, gdiece@stjosephfort.org

 

Step 4:

Teach the class about your topic. You will need to provide a fill in the blank and activity or worksheet for the class to work on during your presentation.

Step 5:

Create, distribute, and grade an assessment on your topic.  You may use Google Forms, Google Docs, or paper form. This will happen on a separate day.

Evaluation
 

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Presentation

All presenters were well prepared, had clearly rehearsed and made eye contact with the audience.

Most of the presentations were well prepared, had rehearsed somewhat and they made some eye contact.

Some of the presenters were well prepared, had rehearsed a little and made little eye contact.

None of the presentations were well prepared; they clearly had not rehearsed and made no eye contact with the audience.

Lesson Plan

The lesson was clearly thought out and the plan was completely filled out.

The lesson was mostly well thought out and the plan was mostly filled out.

The lesson was somewhat well thought out and the plan was somewhat filled out.

The lesson was not well thought out and the plan was not filled out.

Lesson Activity

Lesson activity was engaging and clearly taught the concept.

Lesson activity was mostly engaging and mostly taught the concept.

Lesson activity was somewhat engaging and somewhat taught the concept.

Lesson activity was not engaging and did not teach the concept.

Assessment

Assessment clearly assessed the students’ understanding of the musical elements.

Assessment mostly assessed the students’ understanding of the musical elements.

Assessment somewhat assessed the students’ understanding of the musical elements.

Assessment did not assess the students’ understanding of the musical elements.

Conclusion

Hope you have enjoyed learning about the elements of music!