Raising Rising Readers: Marvelous Music Makers

In this 5-week course, one student will learn about popular musicians using comprehension strategies as a framework for understanding the text.
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30 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 5 weeks


year olds


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per learner - per class

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The learner will be able to use reading strategies to understand and evaluate various texts about famous and popular musical artists.

              In this five-part series, the student will use leveled reading strategies to learn about composers, performers and/or musical genres. The student will have the opportunity to listen to samples of the music. Perhaps, we'll even sing along.

Educational  Experience- I have a Bachelor's degree in Education from Appalachian State University. While the majority of my educational classes at Appalachian were not focused on music theory or composition courses, I did take several classes in classroom music, in which I had to play the guitar, as well as use children's songs to create a lesson.  It expanded my love of music and increased my respect for those who play instruments and those who teach children to play instruments.

Lived Experience- Typically, a child's first language is music. Before they speak, they sing. They move to the beat with their arms and legs.  They smile at the musician, whether it be a parent or the radio.  My own love of music stirs my heart to move and sing.  While I don't have a degree in music, this subject has been an integral part of my life.  From my very first Jackson Five album to my most current iPhone playlist of songs, I absolutely love music.  I love to read about the early lives of musicians and how their struggles and triumphs influenced their music.  I like reading and learning about the historical context surrounding the artist and the song. . Also, I enjoy podcasts and documentaries about these famous musicians. I have been going to musical concerts and plays practically all of my life and will dance and  "sing" along to my heart's content.

I am especially fond of Aretha Franklin, one of the artists listed. In the city where I live, there is a National Black Theater Festival every other year.  One of the festival's most popular plays was about the life and songs of Aretha Franklin.  While I knew about her most famous song, "Respect," I did not know that her musical career began in the church choir- it was awe-inspiring to see just where her soulful voice originated from.
The learner will be able to use reading strategies to understand and evaluate various texts about popular and famous musicians.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Film footage of rehearsals...Youtube
The History of Motown...Documentary..
Classic FM.com..
Ode to Joy (4th movement of the 9th symphony)


Benita B Brown M.Ed.
Lives in the United States
Phonics Teacher
30 total reviews
12 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  My name is Benita Brown.  I teach reading through phonics instruction.  I have an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University and a graduate degree in Language and Literacy from Salem College.  I also... 
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