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Student Guide Library

Browse and download the entire index of student guide pages from the 2017-18 Musical Explorers Teacher Guide or download all 42 Student Guide pages in one file. Introduction SG1 Welcome to our Musical Trip! ↓ Download File SG2 Musical Explorers Song ↓ Download File SG3 Musical Explorers Song Sign Language ↓ Download File SG4 Create…

Unit 4: Jazz with Audrey

Find Audrey’s Hometown Melody will take us on a journey from the Lucas Theatre to Atlanta, Georgia, to meet our next singer, Audrey. Using SG25, help students do the following: Locate Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Locate Audrey in Atlanta, Georgia. Complete the activity. PDF Downloads SG25 ↓ Download File Go to LESSON 1: LEARNING “BLUE…

Lesson 1: Learning “Blue Skies”

  Aim: How can visual patterns help us hear musical patterns? Summary: Students deepen their understanding of melodic patterns while learning to sing “Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin. Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio, scarves or napkins, classroom parachute or flat bed sheet Standards: GA: MK-2GM.1, MK-2GM.2, MK-2GM.3, MK-2GM.5, MK-2GM.6, MK-2GM.10 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2,…

Lesson 2: Exploring “Take the A Train”

  Aim: How can we sing the melody and short phrases of “Take the A Train” using scat? Summary: Students explore scat singing with “Take the A Train.” Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio Standards: GA: MK-2GM.1, MK-2GM.2, MK-2GM.3, MK-2GM.4, MK-2GM.5, MK-2GM.6, MK-2GM.9 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.4, MGK-2.5 Vocabulary: improvisation, scat   Learn…

Unit 5: Bluegrass with Carolyn and Jake

Find Carolyn and Jake’s Hometown Melody now takes us on a journey from Atlanta to Nashville, Tennessee to meet our next musicians, Carolyn and Jake. Using SG29, help students do the following: Locate Audrey in Atlanta, Georgia. Locate Carolyn and Jake in Nashville, Tennessee. Complete the activity.   PDF Downloads SG29 ↓ Download File Go to…

Lesson 1: Learning “Uncle Pen”

Aim: What is the form of a bluegrass song? Summary: Students learn to sing “Uncle Pen” and use movement to identify the different parts of bluegrass song form. Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio Standards: GA: MK-2GM.1, MK-2GM.2, MK-2GM.3, MK-2GM.4, MK-2GM.6, MK-2GM.7, MK-2GM.8, MK-2GM.9 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.4, MGK-2.5, MGK-2.6 Vocabulary: bluegrass, introduction,…

Lesson 2: Exploring “In the Pines”

  Aim: What gives music its expressive qualities? Summary: Students learn “In the Pines” and explore expressive qualities in music. Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio, chart paper, markers Standards: MK-2GM.1, MK-2GM.2, MK-2GM.3, MK-2GM.4, MK-2GM.6, MK-2GM.7, MK-2GM.8, MK-2GM.9, MK-2GM.10 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.4, MGK-2.5, MGK-2.6 Vocabulary: emotions, mood, waltz   Listen to “In…

Unit 6: African-American Gospel and Spirituals with Huxsie

Find Huxsie’s Hometown Melody will now take us on a journey from Nashville, Tennessee to Savannah, Georgia to meet our last singer for the year, Huxsie. Have students turn to SG34  and help them do the following: Locate Carolyn and Jake in Nashville, Tennessee. Locate Huxsie in Savannah, Georgia. Complete the activity.   PDF Downloads…

Lesson 1: Learning “This Train is Bound for Glory”

Aim: What musical opposites can we find in “This Train Is Bound for Glory”? Summary: Students explore the meaning of the song, and learn musical opposites of dynamics (loud/soft) and tempo (fast/slow). Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio Standards: GA: MK-2GM.1, MK-2GM.3, MK-2GM.4, MK-2GM.6, MK-2GM.7, MK-2GM.9, MK-2GM.10 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.4, MGK-2.5 Vocabulary:…

Lesson 2: Exploring “Follow the Drinking Gourd”

  Aim: What is the hidden meaning in “Follow the Drinking Gourd”? Summary: Students explore the hidden meaning of “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and create secret directions for finding their own school. Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio Standards: GA: MK-2GM.1, MK-2GM.2, MK-2GM.3, MK-2GM.5, MK-2GM.6, MK-2GM.7, MK-2GM.9 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.4, MGK-2.5 Vocabulary:…

Concert Preparation Semester 2

Let’s Go to the Savannah Music Festival! Review the artists and music that the students encountered during the spring semester. Look at SG39 and have students find the artists and genres represented on the map. What do you remember about the artists and their music? Listen to a brief excerpt by each of the artists…

Introduction

Welcome to Musical Explorers! Musical Explorers is designed to connect students in grades K–2 to the musical community of the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry as they build fundamental music skills through listening, singing, and moving to songs from a wide variety of musical styles. In the coming year, you and your students will meet…

Unit 1: Indian Music with Falu

Melody will take us on a journey to India to meet our first artist, Falu. Use SG8, SG9 and SG10 to meet Falu and prepare your students to learn about the music of India. Genre Overview There are two primary traditions in Indian classical music: Hindustani from northern India, and Carnatic from southern. Falu is…

Introduction

Welcome to Musical Explorers! Musical Explorers is designed to connect students in grades K–2 to the musical community of the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry as they build fundamental music skills through listening, singing, and moving to songs from a wide variety of musical styles. In the coming year, you and your students will meet…

PDF Downloads

Teacher Guide Fall 2020 ↓ Download the Fall 2020 Musical Explorers Teacher Guide   Student Guide Pages ↓ Download all SG pages in one PDF ↓ SG1 Welcome to Our Musical Trip! Introduction ↓ SG2 Musical Explorers World Map Introduction ↓ SG3 Musical Explorers World Map Introduction ↓ SG4 Explore the Sounds of Our City…

Lesson 1: Learning “Rabba”

Aim: How can melodies be transformed through ornamentation? Summary: Students will sing “Rabba,” and learn how melodies can be modified using ornamentation. Materials: chart paper, colored pencils or markers, collage materials, scarves, Musical Explorers online audio Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.CR.1, ESGMK-2.CR.2, ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.PR.2, ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.PR.3, ESGMK-2.RE.1, ESGMK-2.RE.2, ESGMK-2.RE.3, ESGMK-2.CN.1, ESGMK-2.CN.2 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.6, MGK-2.7,…

Lesson 2: Learning “Allahoo”

Aim: How are scales used in Indian music? Summary: Students learn “Allahoo,” understand the scale used in the song, and compose melodies using the sargam, a form of Indian solfège. Materials: Musical Explorers online audio Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.CR.1, ESGMK-2.CR.2, ESGMK-2.CR.3, ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.PR.2, ESGMK-2.RE.1, ESGMK-2.RE.2, ESGMK-2.RE.3, ESGMK-2.CN.2 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.6, MGK-2.7, MGK-2.8, MGK-2.9 Vocabulary:…

Audio Tracks

Fall 2021 Audio Tracks savannahmusicfestival · Musical Explorers Fall 2021

Unit 2: Cumbia with Gregorio

Melody will take us on a journey from India to Colombia to meet our next artist, Gregorio. Use SG13, SG14 and SG15 to meet Gregorio and prepare your students to learn about cumbia. Genre Overview Colombia has been called “the land of a thousand rhythms,” and cumbia is one of the most ubiquitous and enduring…

Lesson 1: Learning “El Pescador”

Aim: What are the basic elements of a cumbia song? Summary: Students learn to sing “El Pescador” and learn the instruments and basic rhythms of cumbia. Materials: classroom instruments, found objects, Musical Explorers online audio Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.CR.1, ESGMK-2.CR.2, ESGMK-2.CR.3, ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.PR.2, ESGMK-2.RE.1, ESGMK-2.RE.2, ESGMK-2.RE.3, ESGMK-2.CN.1, ESGMK-2.CN.2 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.4, MGK-2.6, MGK-2.7, MGK-2.8,…

Lesson 2: Learning “La Piragua”

Aim: How is the cumbia rhythm expressed in dance? Summary: Students learn the cumbia dance and create their own dance rhythms. Materials: Musical Explorers online audio Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.CR.1, ESGMK-2.CR.2, ESGMK-2.CR.3, ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.PR.2, ESGMK-2.RE.1, ESGMK-2.RE.2, ESGMK-2.RE.3, ESGMK-2.CN.1, ESGMK-2.CN.2 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.4, MGK-2.6, MGK-2.7, MGK-2.8, MGK-2.9 Vocabulary: refrain, rhythmic layers > See Glossary José…

Unit 3: Calypso with Etienne

Melody will take us on a journey from Colombia to Trinidad to meet our next performer, Etienne. Use SG19, SG20 and SG21 to meet Etienne and prepare students to learn about calypso. Genre Overview Calypso traces its roots to West Africa in the 1600s, drawing on traditions of social commentary and improvisational lyrics in song….

Lesson 1: Learning “Mary Ann”

Aim: What are the characteristic rhythms of calypso? Summary: Students learn to sing the chorus to “Mary Ann” and explore calypso rhythms with found percussion instruments. Materials: percussion instruments made from everyday objects, Musical Explorers online audio Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.CR.1, ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.PR.2, ESGMK-2.RE.1, ESGMK-2.RE.2, ESGMK-2.RE.3, ESGMK-2.CN.1, ESGMK-2.CN.2 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.4, MGK-2.6, MGK-2.7, MGK-2.8,…

Lesson 2: Learning “J’ouvert Barrio”

Aim: How is rhyme used in calypso lyrics? Summary: Students learn to sing and dance to “J’ouvert Barrio,” and explore rhyme in calypso lyrics. Materials: Long stick or bar (for limbo), Musical Explorers online audio Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.CR.2, ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.PR.2, ESGMK-2.RE.1, ESGMK-2.RE.2, ESGMK-2.RE.3, ESGMK-2.CN.1, ESGMK-2.CN.2 SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.6, MGK-2.7, MGK-2.8, MGK-2.9 Vocabulary: chipping,…

Glossary

12-bar blues: a common musical form of the blues where the music and lyrics follow an A-A-B format accordion: a musical instrument with a keyboard and/or buttons where the sound is produced by squeezing metal bellows in and out Ahava raba: a specific mode used in klezmer music alegre: middle-pitched hand drum, used in cumbia…

Vocal and Body Warm-Ups

Start each lesson with warm-up activities in order to establish a routine that fosters healthy vocal technique, kinesthetic learning, and active listening. The following warm-ups are designed to work as a sequence but can also be used as stand-alone activities, depending on time, objective, and teacher preference. Finding Your Breath Smooth and Bouncy Breath: Breathing…

Video Index

Unit 1: The Music of India Unit 2: Cumbia Unit 3: Calypso Unit 4: Blues

Professional Development Resources

Unit 1: Music of India     Unit 2: Cumbia     Unit 3: Calypso

Standards for Music Education

Georgia Standards of Excellence in General Music – Elementary Creating ESGMK-2.CR.1: Improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments. ESGMK-2.CR.2: Compose and arrange music within specified guidelines. ESGMK-2.CR.3: Share creative work. Performing ESGMK-2.PR.1: Sing a varied repertoire of music, alone and with others. ESGMK-2.PR.2: Perform a varied repertoire of music on instruments, alone and with others. ESGMK-2.PR.3: Read…

Licensing Information Musical Explorers 2020-21

Take The “A” Train Words and Music by Billy Strayhorn Copyright © 1941 Reservoir Media Music and Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc. Copyright Renewed This arrangement Copyright © 2020 Reservoir Media Music and Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc. All Rights in the U.S. and British Reversionary Territories Administered by Reservoir Media Management, Inc. All Rights Reserved Used…

Videos

Unit 1: Soul with Laiken Professional Development Session Livestream Recording, September 16, 2021

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