Creating Concert Programs

Creating Concert Programs

Rosemary Pecht

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Information Processing




General Music


Computer Lab outfitted with Microsoft Office
Internet Access
The Following Websites:


Three 80 minute sessions Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:


MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 8: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
MENC 9: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture


Overhead Projector
Rubric to check work and compare with other student projects.


Using Microsoft Publisher the students will create a concert program of music featuring a Baroque composer of their choice.

This project will conclude the Baroque component of a 6th grade general music curriculum. Students have already received information on Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. Students will have prior knowledge with Publisher from their 6th Grade Computer Class. This assignment is designed for three 80-minute block periods.


Anticipatory Set
Class will meet in the computer lab. As students enter class, Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 will be playing. Teacher will have example program projected on the overhead and student computers.

Ask if any students have gone to or performed in a concert. Most if not all will raise their hands. Teacher asks students to look at program cover which will say:

Name of performing group – RFMS CHORALE & SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Works performed ö Ach Gott und Herr, Brandenburg concerto No. 1
Conducted by ö Johann Sebastian Bach

Teacher then asks students to ãthinkä why it would be important to have this information on a concert program. Let students think quietly (if any students raise their hand, teacher will ask them to wait) then ask to discuss their answer with a neighbor. After a minute or so of discussion, teacher will choose a student for an answer.

Teacher then passes out project information sheet. Using Publisher students are to create a concert program with the following information on it:

Cover Page (Page 1) ö Picture of baroque composer of their choice. Must have composerâs name and dates as well as the date of the actual concert, name of performing group(s) and place it is held at.
Page 2 ö Brief bio on composer including where they were born and died.
Page 3 ö Program of six songs. Students may include an intermission.
Page 4 ö Students will use this page to cite all work on their program.

They may also use any extra clip art or pictures relevant to their composer.
Teacher briefly reviews publisher, answers any student questions.
Students decide which choose composer and begin working on project.


Check for Student Understanding

Teacher will know if students are struggling by student progress on computer.

Students have accurate information on composers, etc.


Students will be placed into groups of 4 to present and compare projects.

They will use a rubric to critique each other as well evaluate their own project (FOR GREAT RUBRIC IDEAS AND DESIGNS GO TO http://rubistar.

Follow Up:


Students can complete this unit with a student talk show. Students will choose who will play the composer and who will be the talk show host. They write a script containing basic information on their composer and perform in class for each other.

Students could also create a short PowerPoint presentation, possibly with an audio clip of their composerâs music.

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