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The musical components of college fight songs are compared in this lesson
P.E. & Health, Music
6, 5, 4
By – Michele Slone
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subjects – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 4-6
- Venn diagrams for each pair of students
- Recording of Buckeye Battle Cry
- Recording of Hail to the Victors
- This lesson can be done with two different versions of the same song, or different songs of the same style, etc.
- I do this particular lesson at the time of the Ohio State University/Michigan Game using two different songs. During the holiday time, I do it with two different versions of the same song.
- Help students in listing different things we listen for in music, and list them on the overhead, as students name and discuss them. Break it down into categories, i.e.:
- : How many sections are there? What letters would you use? Is there a name of this shape? (ex: Rondo, Verse, Chorus, etc.)
- : Is it pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff? Does it change? How?
- : Fast, Slow, In-between? Does it change? How?
- : March? Classical? Country? Rock n’ Roll? Etc.
- : Voices? What? When? How many?
- : What? When? How many?
- After students have come up with the list, pair up the students. Give each pair a Venn diagram that has “Song 1” in one circle, “Song 2” in the other, and then “Both Songs” in the middle; and a pencil.
- Listen to OSU’s
Buckeye Battle Cry
- by the OSU Marching Band. Have students list at least one thing under each category you created on the overhead for that song. Then, listen to Michigan’s
Hail To The Victors
- by the Michigan Marching Band, and do the same for it. Then have students list at least three things that are the same in both songs
- Using the overhead, list students answers and discuss answers and what they heard.
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