Upcoming Activities

Oct 24: RRW: Team Up to end Drug Use (Wear your favorite Team Jersey)

Oct 24: JV/V VB, V FB @ Twin Loup (Sargent); 5:00/6:00/7:30

Oct 25: 1:00 JV VB Tournament Twin Loup @ Sargent

Oct 27: Teacher Inservice Dismiss at Noon; Conference Vocal Clinic @ Arnold w/ Concert at 6:30 Community Center

Oct 28: Spanish classes Field Trip to North Platte

Oct 28: JV/V VB @ Anselmo-Merna JV at 5:00/7:00; Varsity 6:00/7:00; Girls leave at 3:30, dismissed at 3:25

Oct 31: No School Fall Break

Class Songs

Project Title:

Where Will You Be in 20 Years?

Software Used:

ITunes

Microsoft Word

Finale Notepad (or some other music composition program)

Garageband (or real instruments recorded into Garageband)

Subject and Grade Level: Seniors in High School (or you can adjust the unit for other subjects)

Lesson Plans/Directions:

I like to begin this unit by playing the song “Class of 57 Has Dreams” by the Statler Brothers. After they hear the song, it is fun to have them do a quick write (about 5 minutes) of where they think they will be, and where their classmates will be in 20 years.

Once they have done a quick write, then I like to play the song a second time and let them jot ideas as they listen. I then will move on and play songs that are similar and let them continue to write notes as they listen. (If possible I like to have enough songs to listen for about 15 or 20 minutes and I like to have them from several different genres of music.)

We then talk briefly (very briefly since I am not “versed” in music) about the parts of a song. Stanzas, the chorus/refrain, rhyming, syllable count, repeating for emphasis, etc. The kids are then set on a task of finding a song from their own collections that are similar to a class song. By the next day I like to have them list where everyone will be in 20 years (funny, serious, surface, career, family, etc.) I remind them not to hurt each other’s feelings… we all want to stay friends. If this is not possible, then the students can write a fictional class song and not use anyone’s names, locations, job aspirations, etc.

Then they begin the writing process. They need to write a song/poem. (I tell them I don’t grade for quality, but for effort if anyone is really in a panic.) If there is time, they can write music with a composer, use the loops in Garageband, or play the song with an instrument of their own. They don’t have to be a good singer (Adam Sandler-esque), so they can ask someone else to record the words for them with the instrumental. Often bringing in the music teacher to team teach is a good plan and makes it really fun. Who knows… maybe they will want to play song at Class night, a graduation party, or reunion.

Intergrated Subject Areas Also Covered:

Music

Writing

Marketing

Standards:

LA 12.2.1, 12.2.2

Suggestions:

After playing songs from my collection (which I try to have songs from several decades), I ask the students if they have songs that are similar in the general message. I encourage them to bring the CDs or put the songs in a folder in their iTunes so it is easy to play the songs when called upon.