Music occupies an important place in the lives of young people. It is a source of special experiences that bring together sensations, emotions and aesthetic judgment. Creating/composing, playing, understanding, appreciating and being sensitive to music represent a specific form of intelligence through which students acquire knowledge about themselves and the world around them.
Music Competencies - Secondary
Competency 2: To appreciate works of art, traditional artistic objects, media images, personal productions, and those of classmates
The act of appreciation is one of examining and reflecting on a work, whether it is one's own, the work of classmates, or professional and amateur work seen outside the classroom. In the arts, teachers are often challenged by time constraints, and wonder how to fit appreciation into tight timelines. Two things to consider are:
- Keep it simple - introduce a framework and use it exclusively for a while
- Do it often - regular moments of appreciation cultivate the appreciation reflex
|Keep it simple Ideas||Do it often Ideas|
|Use post-its on a large Venn diagram on the wall or interactive white board||Build in an appreciation moment at the very start of a composition project, or at the start of every period|
|Have students discuss in groups and share notes on a single Appreciation sheet||Have an appreciation file or station in your classroom for inspiration, and make sure students leave traces in an appreciation journal|
|Use the same framework for the Artist Statement for personal creations.||Build in appreciation of finished works at the close of a project or as projects are completed|
Appreciating Music - Download
Teaching and Learning Tools
- Jazz Lab - Storytelling Through Film and Jazz
Sec IV & V
Watch the web documentary, Burgundy Jazz, and explore in this lesson how music transforms film – from legendary film scores to Montreal's music history, and the culture of Jazz. Ignite your students' imaginations as they compose their own musical scores. The documentary is chaptered into short clips, ideal for classroom viewing. Download
What's In a Song?
Sec Cycle 1, yr 1 (Sec I)
by Lynn Harper
Students explore song writing & a method of composition in this LES. They compose a short piece of music using non-traditional notation and create a score using traditional notation. Students reflect on their composition and on the compositions of their peers.
Student Tools Download
Musical Terms Presentation Download
by Lynn Harper
Students prepare a trip to NYC to see a musical. Research and appreciation are targeted in this learning activity - as well as the possibility of making a poster (Visual Arts).
How To Appreciate Music
When we listen to music, we need to know what to listen for and how to understand what we hear. We also need to make a connection with it, and situate it in its historical and cultural context.
How to Appreciate Music Go to page
Choose a SmART Career poster
PNG file of a poster aimed at secondary students and teachers. Download
30 Days of Art poster
PNG file of a poster aimed at elementary students, parents and teachers. Download
Spotlight on the Arts
An annual effervescent art education happening organized by the MAD2 DEEN subcommittee, featuring guest speakers, workshops in all four Arts subjects, a round-table discussion and on the spot art-making. Go to page
30 DAYS OF ART
Take the 30 Days of Art challenge! A great way to inspire everyone to engage with the arts every day.
CHOOSE A SMART CAREER
A poster designed to inspire students to choose various careers in the Arts. Available from you Arts consultant, or download the Tabloid PNG.