Ch 23: Modern Era Music Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Modern Era Music chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about contemporary composers and their unique musical sounds and characteristics. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Modern Era Music chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Atonal music: Definition and examples; The transformative music of Arnold Schoenberg;
'Found' vs. 'prepared' instruments in modern music
Music of Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg;
The musical instruments of the modern era
Tuesday Modern Experimental Music: Glass, Cage and the use of silence in modern music Experimental music in the modern era
Wednesday Mahler, Debussy and Bartok: Transition from late Romantic to Modern Modern-era folk songs and symphonies
Thursday Gershwin and Bernstein: The influence of jazz; operas and musicals The defining qualities of these American composers and what makes their sound 'American'
Friday Stravinsky and Copland: Ballet contributions and styles The unique musical attributes each composer

6 Lessons in Chapter 23: Modern Era Music Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Atonal Music: Definition, Schoenberg & Examples

1. Atonal Music: Definition, Schoenberg & Examples

Most Western music is based around certain tones. But what happens if we don't do this? Explore atonal music and discover how Arnold Schoenberg contributed to this style. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Found and Prepared Instruments in Modern Music

2. Found and Prepared Instruments in Modern Music

In this lesson, explore the use of found and prepared instruments in experimental music and discover how these instruments are created. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Modern Experimental Music: Glass, Cage & Use of Silence

3. Modern Experimental Music: Glass, Cage & Use of Silence

How many new things can really be to say about music? Well, thanks to the rise of modern experimental music, you can explore new ideas about what music is and how we experience it. After reviewing the lesson, you may test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Mahler, Debussy & Bartok: Transition from Late-Romantic to Modern

4. Mahler, Debussy & Bartok: Transition from Late-Romantic to Modern

In this lesson, you'll explore the transition from Late-Romantic to Modern music through the compositional styles of Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, and Bela Bartok.

Gershwin & Bernstein: Jazz Influence, Operas & Musicals

5. Gershwin & Bernstein: Jazz Influence, Operas & Musicals

Jazz was one of the greatest contributions of American civilization to world culture. However, until the arrival of Gershwin and Bernstein, the genre was largely seen as lacking the refinement of other more classical forms.

Stravinsky & Copland: Ballet Contributions and Styles

6. Stravinsky & Copland: Ballet Contributions and Styles

Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland were two ballet composers who were very different, yet similar in many respects. Explore the styles and contributions of each artist and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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