Music in History - Billy The Kid Guided Listening Activity

Music in History - Billy The Kid Guided Listening Activity
Music in History - Billy The Kid Guided Listening Activity
Music in History - Billy The Kid Guided Listening Activity
Music in History - Billy The Kid Guided Listening Activity
Music in History - Billy The Kid Guided Listening Activity
Music in History - Billy The Kid Guided Listening Activity
Music in History - Billy The Kid Guided Listening Activity
Music in History - Billy The Kid Guided Listening Activity
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WHAT IS INCLUDED:
PowerPoint Presentation of Aaron Copland Billy The Kid Listening Guide Show*
Two Printable Activities To Go Along With The Lesson*
Links to Full Orchestral Suite Included In Slide Show*

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Students are taught the story of the infamous Billy The Kid in oral format and then Musical Format Thanks to Aaron Copland and his brilliance. Students will experience the instrumentation, and the use of folk music and instruments to portray the Western culture in the State of New Mexico back in the 1800's. There is A LOT TO TALK ABOUT in this lesson,and the piece alone is 15 minutes long, so it should take you at least 3 weeks to get fully done.

Two Worksheets are included in this lesson plan, one which includes folk song identification that Copland uses in the piece, and a listening activity that goes along with the 8 sections of the piece.

The Lesson Plan is Divided into Two Sections

Section 1. Story Telling
Students are introduced to Billy The Kid, who he was and where he was from. They then dive into the story of Billy the kid, and these 8 pivotal moments in his life story with detailed images:

Introduction: The Open Prairie
Street Scene in a Frontier Town
Mexican Dance and Finale
Prairie Night (Card Game at Night, Billy and his Sweetheart)
Gun Battle
Celebration (After Billy's Capture)
Billy's Death
The Open Prairie Again



Section 2. Listening Activity
Students then engage in listening to how Aaron Copland told the same story, but with Music (while powerpoint is showing them their place)

Students will be aware that Copland used Four Folk Songs in this piece which are Git Along, Little Dogies, Goodbye, Old Paint, Great-Granddad, and Old Chisholm Trail so we can capture the Western Imagery as they listen.

Students should be informed on what each instrument, dynamic, folk song, style, and section symbolizes in the song as they listen to the following sections:

Introduction: The Open Prairie
Street Scene in a Frontier Town
Mexican Dance and Finale
Prairie Night (Card Game at Night, Billy and his Sweetheart)
Gun Battle
Celebration (After Billy's Capture)
Billy's Death
The Open Prairie Again


Two Worksheets are included in this lesson plan, which help students identify the folk songs, and analyze each section. My music teacher did this with me when I was in middle school, I still never forgot it and I loved it. I couldn't wait to share this once I had finished making it for my students! Enjoy!

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16 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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