Category Archives: Unit 1 – Folk Music

Unit 1: Folk Music with Kaia

Melody will take us on a journey to Toronto, Canada to meet our first singer, Kaia. Use SG7–9 to meet Kaia and prepare students to learn about folk music. Genre Overview American folk music is a genre that spans our country’s geography and draws on traditions that pre-date the nation’s founding. Broadly defined, folk music…

Lesson 1: Exploring “John Henry”

Aim: How can we understand how music tells a story while learning to sing the folk song “John Henry?” Summary: Students learn and sing “John Henry” while understanding how music can be used to tell a story. Materials: rhythm sticks, Musical Explorers CD or online audio Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.RE.1, ESGMK-2.RE.2, ESGMK-2.RE.3, ESGMK-2.CN.1, ESGMK-2.CN.2 SC: GM.PR.NL-AH.3,…

Lesson 2: Exploring “Freight Train”

Aim: How can we learn about melody and folk instruments through Elizabeth Cotten’s “Freight Train?” Summary: Students explore melody and banjo through the folk song “Freight Train.” Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.PR.1, ESGMK-2.RE.1, ESGMK-2.RE.2, ESGMK-2.CN.1, ESGMK-2.CN.2, ESGMK-2.RE.3 SC: GM.PR.NL-AH.3, GM.RE.NL-AH.6, GM.RE.NL-AH.7, GM.CN.NL-AH.8, GM.CN.NL-AH.9 Vocabulary: banjo, melody Learn the Melody of “Freight Train” Listen…