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The musical components of college fight songs are compared in this lesson


Music, P.E. & Health  


4, 5, 6  

Title – OSU “verses” Michigan
By – Michele Slone
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subjects – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 4-6

Materials Needed:

  • Venn diagrams for each pair of students
  • Pencils
  • Overhead/Transparency
  • 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.

Tone Color

        : 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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