Grade: Middle
Subject: Music

#444. Using The Internet to Support Instrumental Music Standards

Music, level: Middle
Posted Fri Jun 11 12:40:44 PDT 1999 by Mary Jo Mallon (
Waterloo Community Schools, Waterloo, Iowa
Materials Required: Internet and Marsalis on Music video series
Activity Time: 4 days
Concepts Taught: Reading and Notating Music

Beginning Internet: Using the Internet to Support Teaching & Learning

Final Project By: Mary Jo Mallon
Waterloo Community Schools
Instrumental Music Department

Purpose of this project:
Was to design Lesson plans that enhance through the use of technology the following Standard and Benchmark:
Standard #1: Performs on an instrument alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
Benchmark #2: Reads and notates music.

This project will be assessed by the students ability to:
1. Read and perform music containing whole, half, dotted-half, quarter, eighth notes, and rest in 4/4, 2/4, 3/4 meter signatures.
2. Identifies symbols and traditional terms referring to dynamics, tempo, and articulation and interpret them correctly when performing.
3. Reads at sight simple melodies and rhythms in the appropriate clef.

Marsalis on Music lesson plan :
Day 1
Teacher pulls up on screen Marsalis on Music - Why Toes Tap at
Have students in small lesson groups read and do activities.

Day 2
Teacher pulls up from World Wide Web the following screen. This is site of lesson plans from the Sounds of Rhythms from Music Educators Guide. Found at

Student objectives are:
Recognize sounds that have a steady beat.
Recognize sounds that have a beat that is not steady.
Differentiate between steady beat and melodic rhythm.

The lesson plan for students in performing ensembles is:
1.Find parts in the group's current repertoire where some performers are playing or singing the steady beat. Have these parts performed alone and discuss the rhythms.
2.Have student volunteers clap the melodic rhythm of various parts of the pieces they are rehearsing.
3.Have half the ensemble clap the steady beat while the others clap the melodic rhythm of a selected part.

Day 3
Have students watch in the large ensemble group the video Why Toes Tap
This is available through AEA 7 Media Services. The catalog may be found at

Day 4
Students in small lesson groups will test knowledge by completing an on line quiz found at Marsalis on Music - Have You Got Rhythm?

Other helpful suggestions for teachers like sample parent letters may be found at the Marsalis On Music Home Page found at

Other helpful web sites that may be used in helping students reach the above stated standard and benchmark.
1. Easy Music Theory found at
I believe that this is a great resource for the instrumental music teacher! The student can do all or part of the program as needed. The students can either work alone or with a small group. Worksheets may be printed to have the student do and return to the teacher. Posters can also be printed and placed by the computer to help students find the site.

2. mrfiddle's MIDI Fun Fiddle & Violin Files this site can be found at
I believe that this also looks fun, but only for the violin student. Students can play a variety of songs that were composed for violin and then they can play it with a pop up MIDI file. The only draw back to this would be that the songs would need to be printed hard copy until the students learn them. Songs could not be played off of the computer screen, because the MIDI pop up menu would get in the way.

3. Musical Notes: An Interactive Online Musical Experience this site can be found at
This is another music theory online program, but it is not as good as Easy Music Theory.