Bring the jungle to your music classroom with this wildly fun free music lesson plan on musical form! Students learn AABA form as they dance a different step to each section of Trashin' the Camp from Disney's "Tarzan."
Stop the recording and ask them what the name of the piece is or the movie it comes from.
Tell the students, "We will be learning about musical form today. Musical form has to do with how music is put together. As we listen to the recording again, I will write an alphabet letter on the white board to label the section of music that we are listening to."
Start the recording.
Form: Introduction - A - A - B - A
Stop the recording.
Tell the students, "We will be learning a dance to this music. Each section of the music will have a different dance movement. When the music sounds different, the dance will be different."
Begin with the movement for the first A section.
Step to the right for 8 counts: Side-Together-Side-Together-Side-Together-Side-Together
Step to the left for 8 counts: Side-Together-Side-Together-Side-Together-Side-Together
Repeat this pattern until the vocalist sings "Do Bop She Do". On this cue, the students rotate once in a circle with jazz hands.
Try the movement with the recording. If the class is successful, move on to the B section.
Teach the movement to the B section.
Stepping backward for 4 counts: Back-Two-Three-Flip. On the flip, students jump in the air and flip around, changing direction.
Repeat this pattern until the drums perform a triplet rhythm.
When the drums perform the triplet rhythm, students recite in a loud voice along with the rhythm:
Tarzan the Man - Tarzan the Man - Tarzan the Monkey Goes AHHHH (Tarzan Yell)!
Repeat the movement of the A section. As this A section is slightly longer, the dance will repeat the rotation with jazz hands until the music ends.
When the music falls apart at the end, the kids fall down.
When movement practice for the A and B sections is complete, you can add the movement for the introduction.
Ask students to pretend they are an elephant by bending over slightly and making an elephant trunk with their arm extending down to the floor.
Hold this pose for the first few measures of the music.
When the students hear the sound of the elephant, they will respond to it with their own elephant sound.
When the drums enter with a steady pulse, the students will extend their arms out to their sides slightly and jump up and down like a monkey.
"Was the last A section longer than the first two A sections?"
"What made the last A section longer?"
"Why was the A section different than the B section?"
"What is an introduction?"
"What does the introduction tell us about the music?"