MY OWN MUSIC HISTORY works as a “one and done” activity, a summer project, a camp activity, or an ongoing project over many years. Students who keep their history in a viewbinder (which can double as an assignment notebook) over the years will have a record of all their studied repertoire, categorized by musical period, along with a useful foundation of music history knowledge. Best of all, the basic MY OWN MUSIC HISTORY introduction can be done in a single session with the teacher, after which students can work independently, adding information endlessly as desired.
MY OWN MUSIC HISTORY is based on four pedagogical principles:
1. Provide a brief historical overview within which to organize details of history (the Milestones of Music History Chart)
2. Engage students with music history through hands-on activities to complete individual and personally relevant timelines
3. Associate a color with each period for visual clues to characteristics of the period (i.e. Baroque=gold/ornamentation, royalty, nobility, the high church; Classical=blue/more refined and restrained; Romantic=red/passion, strong emotion; 20th Century=green/color of growth and combination of earlier developments))
4. Follow up (or not!) as desired by having students classify their own repertoire, learn about composers, and keep a record of their performances through the years.
Unique Features: Color coding, structured historical framework, minimal lesson time, maximal student engagement.
What is included with Teacher Start-up Materials?
1) One Student Packet: Six 8.5 X 11-inch b/w charts and color stickers ready for completion and color coding. The six charts are
Milestones of Music History Timeline from 1600-2025 showing color-coded musical periods and stickers to indicate events in American history, a musical term and one best-known composer associated with each period, along with space for student’s own name.
Timeline of Composers B/w Timeline ready to be color-coded by periods.
Four Period Detail Charts Each chart, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century, is an 11 X 17″ fold-out in the color of that period and is ready for the addition of the accompanying labels showing images of 30 composers and the names/life dates of well-known composers of each period.
2) Teacher Download Packet: 19 pages of full color, reproducible materials sized to fit in a 1/2-inch viewbinder for reference, including. . .
- Teaching Suggestions,Teacher Key of all materials,Music History with a Keyboard Slant (Reference Sheet), Bibliography of Selected Music History Student Material, Letter to the Student (motivation), Letter to Parent (explanation of the project), Milestones of Music Color Timeline, Timeline of Composers Color Chart, 4 Color Detail Charts for Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century (completed), Italian for Musicians Reference Sheet,
- Music History Crossword Puzzle & Key.
3) Teacher Consumables Packet:
4 Pads/4 Colors Reversible Repertoire Sheets/Composer Biography Sheets (100 sheets) (enough for 4-6 students); 4 Highlighter Pens in Zipper Case (for student use in color coding materials by the musical period) plus 1 sample set Great Composer Seals.
More details about MY OWN MUSIC HISTORY: Students add color coding and stickers (included) to the timelines in order to have an introduction to Western music history while creating a growing record of their own repertoire and performances. The included stickers are a set of 30 composer portraits, and date and event stickers to be placed in the proper time periods on the detail charts. When placed in a biner, the information is visible to students each time they practice. As they build the repertoire from each period, students can add repertoire sheets to their personal MY OWN MUSIC HISTORY. Individual composer biographical information can also be added if desired.
The hands-on engagement with stickers and color-coding is appealing for various learning styles: visual, tactile, analytical and combination learners of all ages. Once the Milestones of Music History timeline has been introduced, students can complete the other materials independently outside of lessons or with minimal in-lesson time. However, the materials are also effective as the framework for more in-depth work in group lessons, camps, and music appreciation classes in which enriched historical information is presented.