BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Adirondack Musical Instruments
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Grade: 8th Grade
Class: General Music
Author: Darcy Aubry
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials & Resources
Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The ArtsHuman History
Performance Indicators:

Art 2: develop skills with a variety of art materials and competence in at least one medium (a

Art 4: demonstrate the ways in which some particular art works and artifacts reflect important aspects of the diverse cultures of the United States (b

Keywords: musical instruments
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How did folk music and musical instruments reflect life in the Adirondack mountains during the early 20th century?
Context:

Students should be asked an exploratory question,"What was life like for people living in the Adirondacks early in the 20th century?" Following a discussion and/or brainstorm to reveal prior knowledge, students should research the following focus questions relating to the inquiry above:

  • What physical resources in the Adirondack region were available to people at the time for making a living?
  • What kinds of tasks and activities did people engage in on a daily basis?
  • What was going on historically and economically during this time in the US that influenced life in the Adirondacks.

Finally, ask students to research the kinds of musical instruments that were created and used in the Adirondack region during this period.

The Challenge:

In teams of 2 or 3, create a "playable" folk instrument and/or a group of folk instruments that is similar to the type created and used by people living in the Adirondacks in the early 20th century. Be sure to use common household or outdoor materials that may have been used by Adirondack residents of the time to create music in some manner.

 After you have completed your instrument(s), each member should write a one page typed essay explaining how you used your materials to produce folk music. You should also explain how the instrument and the music it played reflected the conditions and resources of daily life of the people living in the Adirondacks at the time.  Be prepared to make a short presentation to the class in which you demonstrate how the instrument was made and played.

To assist you in completing this project on time, please complete a project planning sheet showing each member’s assignments and deadlines for their completion. Make sure all team members do their fair share of the work.

 

Arts Forever Wild Project

Quality Standards:
  1. Project planning sheet is filled out and tasks completed.
  2. All group members do their fair share of  work
  3. The instrument (s) reflects knowledge of resources available in the Adironadack region during the early 20th century and is playable.
  4. Each team member completes a one-page typed essay explaining how the selected materials were used to make instruments of the time.
  5. The presentation demonstrates how the instrument was made and played.
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Project planning sheet is filled out and tasks completed.

10

All group members do their fair share of work

10

The instrument (s) reflects knowledge of resources available in the Adironadack region during the early 20th century and is playable

20

Each team member completes a one-page typed essay explaining how the selected materials were used to make instruments of the time.

20

Presentation completed in the given time

10

Presentation demonstrates how the instrument was made

15

Presentation demonstrates how the instrument is played

15

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