Bluegrass Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan uses numerous activities, discussion questions, an extension, and a quiz to help your students learn and appreciate bluegrass music and its history.

Learning Objectives

Once your students have worked their way through this lesson plan's activities, they should be able to:

  • Discuss the history of bluegrass music
  • Identify the numerous instruments bluegrass music commonly uses
  • Name some of the more famous bluegrass musicians

Length

30 minutes without the activity

Materials

  • Handouts of the following lesson's text for each student:
  • Musical instruments related to bluegrass, if possible
  • Markers/chalk and erasers for the class board
  • Samples of bluegrass music to play for the class, including samples of artists discussed in the lesson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.3

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Instructions

Warm-Up Activity

  • As students are walking into the class, play some bluegrass music.
  • Begin the class with the following question:
    • What kind of music is this?
  • Have each student write their best guess up on the class board.
  • Tell students that the music being played is bluegrass, and it will be the topic of our lesson.

Discussion

  • Pass out handouts of the Bluegrass Music: History, Artists, Bands & Songs lesson.
  • Read the lesson together as a class.
  • After you've finished reading, move on to the class discussion:
    • What kinds of musical instruments does bluegrass use?
    • When did bluegrass music arise?
    • Who is the father of bluegrass music?
    • Who was Earl Scruggs?
  • Play some music from each of the artists named in this lesson so students can get a feel for bluegrass.
  • Mini-activity: Perhaps you or the school's music classroom has instruments related to bluegrass. If so, bring them in (or take a trip to the music classroom) for students to appreciate, hear, and even try out.

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