Integrating with Integrity: Composition, Writing, and Social Studies (3M)
In second grade, my student musicians composed a four-measure melody. By third grade, they are ready to compose an eight-measure melody that they can perform on the recorder. The students were given the guidelines of composing an eight-measure melody using the notes B A and G and the rhythms quarter, eighth, half, and whole notes. They also composed a drum line as an integration to their STEM to STEAM unit which involves the students creating drums or a pitched instrument from recycled materials. Once the students composed their melodies using noteflight (http://www.noteflight.com, a cloud-based notation program), we exported the melodies into GarageBand and I gave the groups of students certain musical styles to create an introduction, accompaniment, and coda. Once completed, they wrote lyrics to their melody from the facts that they studied about the state they presented at their Adventure America presentations. Once finished, their music was published here. The third graders loved this project and the results. I adored the integration of social studies in music class while keeping the integrity of the music curriculum intact.