BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Native American Musical Instruments
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Grade: 7th Grade
Class: General Music
Author: Kathy Ballou
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The ArtsHuman History
Keywords: Native Americans, musical instruments
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How did Native American musical instruments reflect the culture that produced them?
Context:

Students will need access to research materials about the cultures of Native American peoples who lived in or around the Adirondacks. They will also need access to natural materials that these peoples used to make their muscial instruments.

The Challenge:

In groups of two, choose a nation of Native Americans that interest you who lived in or around the Adirondacks. Your challenge has two parts:

1) Write a one - two page paper in which you summarize your research findings about your chosen group of Native Americans. This paper should be typed and reflect proper essay form. As you conduct research for your paper about your chosen group of people, be sure to find out information in each of the following areas;

- The conditions of their natural environment (climate conditions, animal and vegetable resources, geography, etc)

- The lodging of the people and how it was adapted to the environment

- The types of food use by the people and how they got it

- The clothing of the people, what it was made of and how, and how it was adapted to the natural environment

- Some basic ideas about the religious beliefs of these people

- Some insights into the ways these people created music in their lives

2) Create a working replica of a musical instrument that your group of Native Americans used when they lived traditionally. If at all possible, this instrument should be made of materials similiar to those used in the construction of the original instrument. Your instrument should produce a recognizable, musical sound that you can demonstrate. Both members of your group should be able to demonstrate the use of your instrument and to explain what part this instrument played in the life of your chosen group of Native Americans.

We will discuss in class the amount of time you have to complete this project.

Examples of Student Work: Instruments & Writing

An Arts Forever Wild Challenge

Quality Standards:

- Research paper and instrument are completed on time

- Research paper is approximately one - two pages in length

- Research paper is typed and written in proper essay form

- Research paper contains accurate information about each of the listed areas of investigation

- Musical instrument is a reasonably accurate replica of one used by the Native American people under investigation

- Musical instrument is made of materials similar to those of an original

- Musical instrument produces a recognizable, musical sound

- Both group members can make a musical sound with the instrument

- Both group members can describe how the part the instrument played in the life of the Native Americans researched

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

 Research paper and instrument are completed on time

5

Research paper is approximately one - two pages in length

5

Research paper is typed and written in proper essay form

10

Research paper contains accurate information about each of the listed areas of investigation

30

Musical instrument is a reasonably accurate replica of one used by the Native American people under investigation

10

Musical instrument is made of materials similar to those of an original

10

Musical instrument produces a recognizable, musical sound

10

Both group members can make a musical sound with the instrument

10

Both group members can describe how the part the instrument played in the life of the Native Americans researched

10

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