Sequenced Lesson Plans & Tracking Lessons Across Semesters

What Are Sequenced Lesson Plans with Planned Comprehensive Exposure?

Sequenced Balance of Familiar and Unfamiliar. Educators know by experience that repetition is necessary for effective learning. Researchers have also concluded the same from many learning effectiveness studies. Students of all ages need more familiar than unfamiliar from lesson to lesson for developing retention, comprehension, and application. A great piece of music contains the same balance. Too much repetition within a composition creates boredom. Too much contrast creates confusion. Great art achieves a balance, as do great curricula and effective teaching. For this reason, dove-tailing is critical in the progression of activities down a lesson plan, as well as critical from lesson to lesson across a semester.

Sequenced Balance of Exposure. While achieving a suitable balance of familiar and unfamiliar, great lesson plans across the teaching semester also include a wide exposure of the subject area. While parents speak "baby talk" and babble monosyllables and single words to their infants, they also at the same time expose them to complete paragraphs of adult words, grammar, and syntax. As in language, so it is in music. Children should be exposed to simple children’s music experiences along with complex adult ones. Although music is not a language, music is learned much the same as language. Language contains grammar and parts of speech, while music does not. But both language and music have syntax, which is why we comprehend logical order in both. Music learning happens in the framework of the syntax of orderly rhythm, tonal, and all other music elements and active participations. Therefore, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers alike need exposure to the whole realm of all past and present music eras, styles, modes, meters, and sounds.

Tracking Comprehensive Exposure. To help with lesson planning, teacher accountability, and ensuring that comprehensive exposure happens in all categories, the following chart helps track exposure across a semester of lessons. Each level of the Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum (Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers) features an appropriate tracking chart. The following one is for Infants. Ultimately, at the end of the lesson semester, there should be an even distribution of "checks" or "exes" in the boxes across the categories and down the lessons. The TOTALS at the bottom of the chart should also be evenly distributed, with the highest totals occuring within the first fourteen columns of Active Participations, Rhythm & Tonal Patterns, and Song Categories.

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

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