Lesson Plan : Proper Breathing

Teacher Name:
 Mr. Nelson
Grade:
 Grade 6
Subject:
 Music

Topic:
 Proper breathing while playing a wind instrument
Goals:
 By the end of the lesson, students should understand how to breathe properly and know what constitutes a good breathe.
Objectives:
 1. Review proper posture and its connection to good breathing. 2. Practice breathing with balloons. 3. Practice breathing while playing instruments.
Materials:
 Instrument, method book, balloons
Introduction:
 Ask students what they believe creates the sound on their instrument. Discussion. At the end of discussion students should realize air is the most important factor in playing a wind instrument well. 10 mins
Development:
 Demonstrate good posture and proper breathing. I will describe out loud as I model and good breathe and exhale into a balloon. I will breathe in for 2 counts and exhale 8 count into the balloon. I will also do variations by shorting both number, but stilling trying to fill up the balloon fully. 10mins
Practice:
 1.I will then guide the students on the exercises with the balloons while I watch and correct them. 10 mins 2. Put balloons away and pick up instruments. Using "First Chorale" from their method book, we will work on 4 measure phrases and full breathes using the balloon as a reference point. For contrast and fun, will have the students play the chorale using "bad" posture and "bad" breathing and we will compare the sound. 10 mins
Checking For Understanding:
 Formative assessment:Visual checks of students breathing and playing and the sound of the group...is it improving?
Evaluation:
 Students will be evaluated on their breathing as part of their playing tests. The technique and tone quality categories are directly related to breathing.

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