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Background For Teachers:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
The teacher will bring a personally meaningful song to school.
Play the song and explain why it is important in your life. Discuss how music brings memories, reminds us of special times, music makes people happy, nostalgic, etc. Discuss how both words and melodies can have special meaning.
Have students describe a meaningful song that is important to them. Discuss the difference between a song that is popular for the moment and remaining a favorite over time.
Assign students to interview parents in order to discover songs that have remained meaningful in their lives.
Ask students to describe the ways music can effect emotions (music can inspire, bring back memories, create emotions and educate). Statehood and the State Song: Read the 'Background' material to students. Explain that all states have a song. Utah's song reflects the pride felt by the citizens as Utah became a state.
Play and have students sing 'Utah, We Love Thee'
Ask 'Which phrases reflect pride in Statehood?' ('Columbia's brightest star,' 'Bright in our banner's blue, Among her sisters true, she proudly comes to view').
Discuss present day Utah. Ask 'What would be emphasized in a song about Utah today?' Generate a list of the state's present day characteristics, industries, tourist attractions, geography, cultures, history, unique traits etc.
Ask 'If you were asked to write a song about Utah, what aspects would you concentrate on?' Share answers.
Share the original songs written by Utahans with the students. Sing the songs and discuss how they differ from the state song.
Ask students to compare and contrast the songs about Utah. Point out that some of the composers used original music and words, while others used familiar melodies and original words.
Brainstorm familiar melodies that might be used with original words to create a song about Utah.
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