Lesson Plan 11: Responding, Select – Teaching the Core Music Standards

July 12, 2016 Encore Tours

Lesson 11 - Responding, Select | "Music begins where the possibilities of language end." - Jean Sibelius


Apply criteria to select music for specified purposes, supporting choices by citing characteristics found in the music and connections to interest, purpose, and context.


Create a mock situation for your students. Choose a time period, ensemble type, composer, city, specific event and venue (preferably of a place you are visiting overseas). Ask your students to write down their criteria for selecting music based on this situation.



A group is performing during Lent at the Salzburg Dom during Mass.



Based on the given situation, which criteria might one think about before choosing pieces to perform at Mass? Explain why this criteria was necessary, citing sources as needed.

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