Grade: Middle
Subject: Music

#641. Be A Music Investigator

Music, level: Middle
Posted Thu Jun 17 13:07:32 PDT 1999 by Kelly Duhrkopf (
Sumner Community Schools, Sumner, Iowa USA
Materials Required: computer lab with internet, recordings of musical compositions, project handouts
Activity Time: 3 class periods of 30 minutes
Concepts Taught: Comparing Composers in History

Be A Music Investigator
By Kelly Duhrkopf
Internet 101
Using the Internet to Support Teaching & Learning Styles
June 18, 1999

Description of Lesson: Help your students become Music Investigators.
In this activity, students will learn about two major
composers of all time, Beethoven and Mozart.
Your students will locate web sites that have been
bookmarked for them about famous musicians.
They will answer specific questions that are stated
on a scavenger hunt activity sheet. After the
activity is completed, they will compare their findings with a partner. Following the partner
activity, the students will then use their information that was collected for an in-class
discussion on the similarities and differences of
the two composers.

Grade Level: 5th or 6th Grade

Objectives: 1) Use the internet to locate specific bookmarked
2) Collect and record data from a specific location.
3) Understand and compare characteristics of composers from different historical periods 4) Follow directions to achieve specific goals.
5) Apply higher level thinking skills from
gathered information.

Materials: computer lab with internet access
scavenger hunt activity sheet
recordings of music by each composer
graphic organizer (overhead transparency)

Procedure: Day 1
Introduce the lesson by playing a piece of music of your
choice by the composer featured on the activity sheet.
Ask students if they recognize the piece. Identify the
composition and composer for the class.

Distribute the scavenger hunt activity sheets and let
students work at their own pace. Explain to them that
the locations that will have their information have been
bookmarked for them.

Once activity sheets are completed, pair students up
with a partner and have them check their findings.

Day 2
If all of the steps have been completed from Day 1,
continue the lesson with once again playing a composition
for your students to identify. This composition will need to be written by the musician that will be investigated
on that day. Identify the composition and composer for
the class after the completion of the piece.

Distribute the scavenger hunt activity sheets to the
students. ( Copy the activity sheets front and back for convenience and quick reference for the students.)
Once again explain that the locations with the
information needed have been bookmarked.

After completion of the activity sheets, pair student
up once again and have them check their findings.

After all of the steps have been completed from Day 2,
guide your students through a class discussion, recording
the similarities and differences of the two composers.
Use an overhead transparency of the graphic organizer
for this.

Internet Resources: Kids Ask Jeeves Answer
* To find this sight, type in "Where would I find information
on Beethoven?" Then click on the "ask" button for "Where
can I find a concise encyclopedia article on Beethoven?"
You will need to do the same for finding information on Mozart.



* These web sites will be bookmarked on each student's computer before the scavenger hunt.

By Kelly Duhrkopf
June 18, 1999