Smithsonian folkways lesson plans

Smithsonian Folkways’ Network of Music Educators
Smithsonian Folkways’ Network of Music Educators. n.d. Smithsonian Folkways Lesson Plans. Accessed 21 April 2020.
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A large collection of free lesson plans based on music traditions from around the world. Lesson plans can be explored via a map tool or by geographic region. Each lesson plan identifies suggested grade levels; associated countries, regions and culture groups; necessary instruments; learning objectives; assessment guidance; and optional extensions. Co-curricular areas are also identified, and for U.S.-based educators, links to the national standards. Teachers and students can listen to the accompanying musical recordings of culture bearers directly from each lesson plan’s webpage. The lesson plans can be downloaded as printable PDFs, and many include sheet music. They guide educators in using folk music to teach about particular cultures and the distinguishing characteristics of their musical traditions while also meeting general music education objectives. Most include participatory activities such as clapping, dancing or instrument-playing so that students can gain hands-on practice in the musical form.