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African Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the music of West Africa. Students will watch our engaging video lesson that explains the rhythm and melody of this genre before pausing to discuss concepts, then apply learning to a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain West African music
  • describe aspects of rhythm and melody in West African music
  • use subject-matter vocabulary correctly

Length

1 hour

Materials

  • Percussion instruments, if available
  • Song clips of traditional music and West African music
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Rhythm
  • Polyrhythmic
  • Hemiola
  • Talking drum
  • Melody
  • Call and response
  • Improvisation

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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