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This is another music texture lesson





Jana Schmitt

Song: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

Musical Element: Texture

Grade Level: 3rd

Concept: The students will experience the change from a thin to thick texture through the use of body movement and an ostinato pattern.

Objectives: The students will:

Sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” after rote teaching methods are used.

Create a rhythmic pattern with their body in triple time.

Chant an ostinato pattern with special words.

Experience the combination of these factors and make the texture of the song


Materials Needed: None

Preliminary Procedures: The teacher will ask students what their favorite sport is and guide the conversation to Baseball.


1. Teach the song through rote learning procedure (swaying should be emphasized on the

first beat).

2. The teacher ask the students for examples of rhythms that could accompany the song

and decide on pat – clap – clap.

3. The students mimic the teacher counting out 1 – 2 – 3, 1 – 2 – 3, etc. to help with keeping

rhythm and gradually stop counting. Discuss with students the meter of the song.

4. Explain that they will learn an ostinato pattern, or a pattern which repeats itself over and

over again. Students will softly chant “home run up in the stands.”

5. The teacher divides the groups into 3 groups and assigns one part (singing, clapping,

chanting) to each.

6. Repeat the starting pitch (C).

7. Beginning with the clappers, then chanters, then singers, start the combination adding

each part when each group is comfortably established. Singers need to be loud.

Evaluation: Students can be assessed at the end if they each do their part in the combination and can explain what makes the texture of the song change.

Follow up: The teacher asks what happened to the song that made it change texture and if it was more fun to sing alone (thin) or with lots of parts (thick).

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don’t care if I never get back.
For it’s root, root, root for the home team (Tigers)
if they don’t win it’s a shame.
‘Caus it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out
at the old ball game!

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