American Indian Music / Xmas Play Prep Lesson #16
Name: Kevin Holmes
Date Scheduled: 12-2-19
Lesson Length: 50 min.
Grade: k - 4th
# of Students: 28/31
Topic: Native American Indian Music
Unit Length: Wk. 5 of 5
Objective: Lesson Extended due to sickness Day: 4
Students will play Native American Indian instruments demonstrating correct chant rhythms.
Students will be able to identify Native American Indian instruments.
Arts and Humanities:
AH-E-1.2.31 Identify similarities and differences in musical elements used in the music of Native American, American Folk, and West African cultures, including instruments unique to each culture.
“I can name three Native American Indian Instruments.” “I can play a Mono Rhythm.”
“I can recreate an Indian Stick Game.” “I can name two reasons why Native American Indians used
Thoughtful Ed: Tools for Promoting Active, In-Dept Learning 2nd Ed. Pg. 109 - Memory Sentence.
I will use a mantra chant while students play the mono rhythm.
“Mono rhythm, one sound, one heart, one tribe, one world”
New Learning, Re-creation of game, music and culture.
Bull Roarer, Circle Drum, Paute Sticks, Lummi Sticks, Reed Flute, Gourd Shakers and Native American CD
Lesson/Procedure: Ask “Why Indians used music….?” during demonstrations.
I. Opening Procedures: Call role using Indian names for the students,
Review the purpose of music: ceremonial, artist expression
Why did Native American Indians use music?
Students create mono rhythm using shakers, jingles, rattles and
II. Main Lesson: Demonstrate the following Native American Indian Instruments Hand drum, Circle Drum, Reed Flute, Bull Roarer
Format of an Indian Song
Honor Beat, Lead, 2nd Lead, Chorus, Straight Beats,
Step Up, Tail….(Ending with Straight Beats)
Discuss the specific use of each within the culture with a focus
on Ceremonial Music, Artistic Expression and Recreation.
Re-enact the legend of the 1st Flute.
III. Activity: Kinder – 2nd: Sings “Sunset with hand signs”.
Students perform the Indian Stick Game “Paute” while others
play shakers, drums, rhythm sticks using typical Indian
monophonic rhythms in 4/4 time.
Students perform the Indian Stick Game “Lummi Sticks”.
Students play shakers, drums, rhythm Sticks using typical Indian
rhythms in a meter of 3/4 time.
Students improve eye-hand coordination via the activity.
3rd Grade begins rehearsing the lyrics and musical pitches for
“Elfis and the Sleigh Riders” a holiday musical. Songs include:
Uh Huh, North Pole Rock N Roll, Rock N Roll Snowman,
Santa’s Going On A Sleigh Ride and We Are Santa’s Elves
Performance based activity: rhythms embedded in activity and instruments.