Dove-Tailed Lesson Plans

What Are Dove-Tailed Lesson Plans?

Dove-Tailed Activities. What are dove-tailed activities within a lesson plan? What are sequential lesson plans from lesson to lesson? The following demonstrates dove-tailing and sequencing. The third column demonstrates dove-tailing of modes, meters, and music elements from activity to activity down a lesson plan. The fourth column demonstrates sequencing across lessons in a semester.

Dovetailing of Mode / Meter / Specialty (Third Column). Note the third column in the chart labeled "Dovetailing of Mode / Meter / Specialty." Note the circled and connected modes and meters as the lesson progresses from one activity to another. In each activity, at least one mode, meter, and/or music element is carried over from the one before. Something familiar within each activity is intentionally carried forward to provide the students with the most effective learning.

Knauss Bitty Bops PreSchool (PreK) Music Education Curriculum. Bitty Bops features three completed example lesson plans out of a possible 15 per semester. Three completed examples are provided to illustrate dove-tailing and lesson sequencing. This allows the music teacher the flexibility to be artistically creative in completing the remaining lessons for the students, rather than having someone disconnected from the class prescriptively dictate lesson content. A music teacher knows his/her own students better than a stranger. Open-ended lesson plans in this manner allow for the music teacher to plan appropriate activities to match the music development of the students.

Downloadable Excerpt. Click here for downloading the following lesson plan and a 25 page excerpt of the Knauss Bitty Bops PreSchool (PreK) Music Education Curriculum.

Activity (Fourth Column). Note the fourth column in the chart labeled "Activity." Extending elements of familiarity happens not only within a lesson (activity to activity vertically down through the lesson), but also from lesson to lesson. Note that the (horizontal) arrows indicate what activities will be repeated in the next lesson. Seven activities will be repeated, while only two will be new. This provides an appropriate educational balance between familiar and unfamiliar. There must be a majority of familiar items repeated from lesson to lesson for the students to develop effectively through the stages of music learning. An educationally effective balance between familiar and unfamiliar creates "sequencing" from lesson to lesson. As dove-tailing provides a balance of familiar and unfamiliar from activity to activity within a lesson, sequencing provides a balance of familiar and unfamiliar from lesson to lesson across a semester.

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