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Visual & Performing Arts


Novice High-Creating General Music

Novice High-Responding General Music

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  1. Pout Pout Fish book, by Deborah Diesen
  2. Copies of each page in the book
  3. A large and varied set of classroom percussion instruments.
  4. Exit Ticket

Making Music With the Pout, Pout Fish

Less than 1 hour
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

This lesson will be the culminating lesson at the end of a unit on instruments, tone color, and how music can help tell a story. The students would have already learned about the families of the orchestra, listened to great works like the Carnival of the Animals or Peter and the Wolf to see how the instruments can represent the essence of the character of an animal or a story, listened to the unique sounds each instrument can make, learned how to properly play the classroom percussion instruments, and explored different ways to produce sounds on the same instruments. 

Essential Question: 

How can we use instrument sounds to enhance our storytelling?

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