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Want to know what your primary students are hearing in the music you share and open their ears to even more? Listening glyphs allow K-3 students to express what they hear by choosing one crayon or the other, and allow teachers to assess the understanding of an entire class at a glance.
Glyphs are pictures of facts. A listening glyph asks students to identify the "facts" about a musical selection, and then express what they are hearing by choosing one crayon or another.
Example: Students are asked to listen for "Steady Beat." If they hear a steady beat in the music they color the lion's mouth black. If they don't hear a steady beat they color the lion's mouth purple.
General Listening Glyph - The first listening glyph is set up for general use with any piece of music. Students will listen for amplitude (volume), if they hear repeated music, if they hear dynamic contrast (soft and loud), a steady beat, the tempo of the music, if there are tempo changes, if there are percussion instruments, and if it's a small or big music group.
Listening Glyph for "Royal March of the Lion" from Saint Saëns Carnival of the Animals - This listening glyph asks students to assess a selection from Saint Saëns Carnival of the Animals with a recording or video.
Blank Listening Glyph - This version of the glyph gives the greatest freedom. Blanks are provided so you can choose the things that you'd like your students to listen for.
About This Activity - This page includes instructions and lesson extension ideas.
My students loved this activity! They want to do another just like it.- Mary Ann D.
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