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Extension Activities: Episode Three
Teachers note: After completing the introductory activities, use these extension activities to reach your curricular goals--and to have some fun! Some are designed for use as part of your daily lesson
planning; some activities are better used as activities in which the student logs directly
onto the internet for sound files and other enhancements. You will find these lessons and
activities all listed in the activity index to this site. For some of these activities, you will need to consider purchasing the Smithsonian/Folkways compact disc set that goes with the
program. This can be a useful resource, in particular, for those teachers who want to
explore more deeply the musical styles introduced by the program.
"Take a Little Walk With Me"
Objective: The students will play a simple blues bass line.
- Have the students listen to the song on the CD.
- Have them play along with the song, using the bass/treble parts in the score.
Objective: The students will create their own blues lyrics.
- Program 3 (all)
- User of basal series texts will find information on the blues in:
- Share the Music (McGraw-Hill, Inc.., 1998): Grade 5, Unit 6: 246-247; 256-257; 260-263; 268-271; Grade 6: 134, 242-245; Grade 7: 127-129; Grade 8: 104-105, 235, 269
- The Music Connection (Silver Burdett Ginn, 1995): Book 7: 64, 65, 81, 169-171; Book 8: 74, 326-330 (shuffle pattern, 328-329), 354-355
- "At Play in the Delta" (background article for further research)
- Johnnie Billington (profile of the musical group with discography and audio/video clips)
- Have the students listen to several examples of blues songs from the program or from other sources.
- Discuss the most usual blues form (three lines of words: the first two are the same, and the last word of line three rhymes with the last word of lines one and two.
Objective: The students learn about gospel style and about what participation in a choir can mean.
- Program 3, 46:02
- users of basal series texts will find information on music related to gospel style in:
- Share the Music (McGraw-Hill, Inc.., 1998): Grade 5: Lift Ev'ry Voice, 324; Grade 6: Said I Wasn't Gonn Tell Nobody, 117; Grade 7: We Shall Overcome, 319; Grade 8: Lift Ev'ry Voice, 332
- The Music Connection (Silver Burdett Ginn, 1995): Book 6: Free At Last, 190; Peace Like a River, 82; Book 7: On My Journey, 78; Book 8: Lift Ev'ry Voice, 274
- "Like a River Flowing with Living Water: Worshipping in the Mississippi Delta" (background article for further research)
- Mississippi Mass Choir (profile of the musical group with discography and audio/video clips)
- Boundless Love Quartet (profile of the musical group with discography and audio/video clips)
- Have students listen to and watch the Mississippi Mass Choir on the program.
- Investigate community resources--invite local gospel singers to sing for the class and discuss the music.
- Discuss the comments by various members of the Mass Choir concerning group participation (also, if possible, discuss the comments by members of the Boundless Love Quartet, which appears earlier in the program).
- Guide students in discussing the benefits and pleasures of their own group participation in music.
- Sing songs in gospel style.
Guitars--Electric and Acoustic
Objective: The students will learn about some of the differences between electric and acoustic guitars as used in blues.
- Have the students listen to the program segment with Jack Johnson, focusing on his discussion and demonstration of the differences between acoustic guitar technique and electric (slide) guitar technique. (Click here for an acoustic sample; click here for an electric sample).
- Have the students research the historical and physical differences between acoustic and electric guitars. Encourage them to start at the MENC Guitar site, www.menc.org/music_classes/guitar/guitar.html and the Smithsonian electric guitar site, http://www.si.edu/lemelson/guitars/index.htm.
Objective: The students will improvise over a shuffle blues progression.
- Have students listen to the midi sound sample online.
- Have them improvise, using any pitched instruments, on the pitches shown in the score.
- Have them add the simple blues bass learned earlier.
- Have them use one of their improvised melodies, along with the blues lyrics they have written, to make a complete blues song.