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Chinese Percussion Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about Chinese percussion instruments. Students will answer questions about a text, learn proper terminology for different types of instruments, and create their own instruments.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Chinese percussion instruments, students will be able to:

  • Cite evidence when answering questions about the text.
  • Use appropriate terms when referring to different types of instruments.
  • Create a Chinese percussion instrument.

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • 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.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

Vocabulary

  • bangu
  • bianzhong
  • cymbals
  • daluo
  • gong
  • Lion Dance
  • lion drum
  • luogu
  • mallet
  • Peking Opera
  • pengling
  • percussion
  • tanggu
  • yunluo

Materials

  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of the lessons
  • Photographs of Chinese percussion instruments
  • Video clips of the Lion Dance, luogu, and Peking opera
  • Picture cards for all vocabulary

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Engage learners by playing a video clip of a luogu performance. Discuss the instruments that students see in the video.
  • Read Chinese Percussion: Music & Instruments as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • Describe the history of Chinese percussion instruments.
    • What are percussion instruments?
    • What are some occasions that percussion instruments would be used in China?
    • What color are drums usually painted? Why?
    • How were drums used to tell time in ancient China?
    • Describe the Peking Opera.
    • What is a luogu?
    • What kinds of instruments would be used by a luogu?
    • What is the purpose of the Lion Dance?
    • What are some different types of gongs?
    • Describe some different bells that are used.
    • What is the difference between a bangu and a tanggu?
    • Describe the lion drum.
  • Pass out the printable worksheet. Have students complete the questions independently, then check the answers together.

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