A visual and audio aid to enhance enthusiasm and imagination while providing a regular structure to music lessons that benefits both educators and students alike. Use the slides and accompanying audio files to guide students to their goals!
What is Our Musical Adventure?
Our Musical Adventure serves two main purposes: It promotes imagination and enthusiasm while generating a regular structure to music lessons that benefits both educators and students alike. The metaphorical adventure consists of 6 teacher triggered slides that represent different sections of a music lesson. Every slide is accompanied by a custom musical jingle (courtesy of Evermoon Music Studio) that serves to orientate students. After selecting the format that works best for your learning environment, the slides introduce sections of the lesson musically and provide the lesson with an interactive story board.
What do the 6 slides represent?
Our musical adventure is an introductory slide that sets the scene. It is used to show the path that the students must take to receive the treasure or class reward.
Prepare for the adventure provides an opportunity for some quick fire musical skills that relate to the whole lesson or unit. You may take this opportunity to initiate a call and response or imitation session featuring rhythms or elements contained in the core content of the lesson. Alternatively you could allow students to listen to relevant music or follow your directions as you lead movements.
Where are we going allows students to reflect upon the goals of the lesson. The visual accompaniment clearly shows something shining at the top of a mountain and highlights a metaphorical journey of discovery in which students work hard to find their way to the top. During this section the focus or objective of the lesson is introduced, modeled and openly discussed.
Choose your path is the most extensive section of the lesson and contains the core lesson content. I usually encourage students to explore the content in their own way and guide them towards success via creativity. Occasionally, you may find that the learning objective may be less creative when dealing with content such as notation but students will still recognize this section of the lesson as containing core content.
Camp and reflect presents a chance for students to perform, discuss and justify their ideas regarding the core lesson content. Teacher, peer and student assessment would typically occur during this phase of the lesson.
We made it provides a chance to reward students for their hard work. I often discuss the next steps in exploration during this section and present the class reward.
Can I alter the content?
The word version provided can be fully edited and the audio files are also provided in this package. The theme can be altered to suit your year group or rearranged to suit your needs.
Please may I have a lesson plan that uses OMA?
I have provided some sample lesson plans in the package.
I hope that your students enjoy using Our Musical Adventure Please visit evermoonmusicstudio.com for more ideas and music!
Ewen Sinclair – Evermoon Music Studio