This WebQuest was designed for eighth grade music students and should be used in conjunction with a Music History unit.
1. Students will be able to identify four of the major historical periods in music through students power point presentations.
2. Students will be able to identify key points of at least one of the major historical periods in music.
3. Students will be able to identify and write biographies on one composer, artist, and historical
figure in music.
4. Students will be able to create a power point presentation using their own creativity.
5. Students will be able to select a work of art relating to music and their specific time period.
6. Students will be able to present their findings in an oral power point presentation to their peers.
7. Students will be able to justify each group's selection of pieces based on the information in each presentation.
Content Standard 6: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
a. analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of music, representing diverse genres and cultures, by describing the uses of elements of music and expressive devices
Content Standard 8: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
b. compare characteristics of two or more arts within a particular historical period
or style and cite examples from various cultures
Content Standard 9: Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Achievement Standards: Students...
a. classify by genre or style and by historical period or culture unfamiliar but
representative aural examples of music and explain the reasoning behind their classifications
c. identify various roles that musicians perform, cite representative individuals who have functioned in each role, and describe their activities and achievements
- Computers with internet access and power point
- Real Player/Media Player (optional) or CD player
- Recordings of pieces selected by students
- Pictures of Composers, Artists, and Historical Figures
Students will be assessed as a group:
General Notes to Teacher:
It is suggested that students work in groups of 3 or 4, but the method of choosing groups should be at the teacher's discretion. If you feel that your students are able to choose their own groups then that is up to you. The method of choosing the historical time periods from a hat will ensure that all time periods are addressed in the student power point presentations. However, this can be varied to fit the needs of your specific course to give your students more ownership
of the presentation.
Many of the resources cover more than what is listed. It would be helpful to review these sites and explain this to the students.
The majority of the work for the power point presentation should be done in class to ensure the group has ample time to work together and accomplish the task at hand. However, the students may wish to split up some of the work and complete portions of it outside of class.
There are very generic guidelines for the presentations, but you may choose to alter some to the requirements to fit your specific class's needs. In addition, be sure to get a list of who did what for the group presentation so everyone is accounted for.