Musical Mapping—First and Second Endings
Aim: How are first and second endings used in music?
Summary: Students explore first and second endings by singing and moving.
Standards: US 1, 5, 6, 7; NYC 1, 2, 3
Materials: Teacher Worksheet
Time Required: 15 minutes
- Hang road signs with arrows and musical symbols around your room that read Start, First Ending, Second Ending, and Stop.
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- Play, sing, or improvise any song with a first and second ending. Lead a few students around the room, singing and following the arrows while others watch. Repeat (rotating students) and stop at each sign to prompt the rest of the class:
What do you notice about the song when we get to this point? What comes next? Where should we go?
- When students are comfortable with the route, first with direction and then on their own, point out and discuss the symbols on the signs.
- These are road signs for musicians. They tell us where to go in our music.
- What visual clues does each symbol tell you about what to do in the music?
- Try again with a different song with first and second endings and prompt students to figure out where to go on your classroom highway!
Compose a short class composition with first and second endings.