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Composers of the Twentieth Century
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OVERVIEW

Lesson Title:  General Music: Music History

Grade Level:  High School Music Students.  

This lesson is designed as a supplement for music directors in providing music history to their students without spending valuable rehearsal time.  

The students will research twentieth century composers and write a two page report which includes the biography of a twentieth century composer and a discography of the composer's major works.

In addition, the students will be required to write the assignment using the Modern Language Association(MLA) documentation format.  

Note:  Collaboration with the high school English teacher will be required to assist students in writing their assignment in MLA format.


NATIONAL STANDARDS

Content Standard 9: Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
OBJECTIVES
  1. The student will be able to research and identify the biography and discography of a twentieth century composer.
  2. The student will be able to describe the classification of the works of a composer by genre, historical, or cultural context.
  3. The student will be able to present their findings in a two page report in MLA format.
MATERIALS (Click Here for a complete listing of all sources used in this online music lesson)
  1. Access to a microcomputer and printer with access to the internet.
    Traditional Resources
  1. School library and public library.
  2. Grout, Donald J., and Claude V. Palisca.  A History of Western Music.  5th  ed.  New York: Norton,  1996.
  3. Sadie, Stanley.  The Norton/Grove Concies Encyclopedia of  Music: Revised and Enlarged.  New York: McMillan,  1994.
  4. Sloninsky, Nicolas.  The Concise Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians.  8th ed.  New York: McMillan,  1994.
  5. Sloninsky, Nicolas.  Webster's New World Dictionary of Music.  New York: McMillan,  1998.
  6. Stolba, K. Marie. The Development of Western Music: A History. Dubuque: W.C. Brown Communications, Inc., 1994.
    Online Internet Resources (click on highlighted text to access the site)
  1. The Classical Music Archives   (this site provides a list Composers with biographical and discography information)
  2. 20th Century Music Composers (this site provides a list of 20th Century Composers with biographical and discography information)
  3. Composers Page (this site will provide a list of Composers with biographical and discography information)
 http://rubistar.4teachers.org/view_rubric.php3?id=797635

INDICATORS OF SUCCESS
  1. The student is able to research and identify the biography and discography of a twentieth century composer.
  2. The student is able to describe the classification of the works of a composer by genre, historical, or cultural context.
  3. The student is able to present their findings in a two page report in MLA format.

ASSESSMENT
    Click Here to access rubric used for assessment.