Rhythm instruments, such as drums, maracas, and cymbals
Steady Beat activity. Stand in scatter formation around the room. While listening to the full recording, students walk to the steady beat, without talking or bumping into each other. Change directions every time the words "Sgt. Pepper" are sung.
Explain a brief history of the Beatles. The Beatles is one of the most influential music groups in the history of rock. The group came from England and included four members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. "Sgt. Pepper" is a 1967 classic that used structures, ideas, and instrumentation from art music while keeping an essential rock beat.
Listen to the recording again, then challenge students to answer the following questions:
Which instrument family performs a duet in the middle of this recording? The brass family
Which brass instrument performs this duet? French horns
How many times are the words "Sgt. Pepper" sung? Ten
Sing the lyrics with the recording.
Prepare a Beatles Fact Game.
Cut out five sets of ten hearts of equal size using cardstock paper. On each set, write one of the following words: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by TheBeatles in 1967. Hearts can be laminated to increase durability. Display the words on the chalkboard for reference.
Select three students to demonstrate the game: Set-up, Player and Judge. Each student is assigned one task for the song. During verse one, the Set-Up student mixes up one set of hearts and lays them on the floor, face-down, in one row. During the refrain, the Player student arranges the hearts into the correct order: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles in 1967. During verse two, the Judge student evaluates the hearts to see if they are in the correct order. If desired, a prize can be awarded.
Once the game has been demonstrated, divide the class into groups of three to play the game. Each group should select a Set-up, Player and Judge. Repeat the activity as time permits to allow all students to participate in each role.
Lonely Hearts Club Band rhythmic accompaniment activity: Challenge the students to create a simple rhythm accompaniment for the refrain. Use quarter notes, quarter rests, and eighth notes.
For example, drums can play the quarter note steady beat.
For example, maracas can play eighth notes.
For example, cymbals can play on the quarter note off-beats. (Beats 2 and 4)
As a closing activity, divide the class into two groups to perform the song: the game-group and the Lonely Hearts Club Band rhythm accompaniment. Repeat the activity to give every student an opportunity to participate in both groups, as time permits.
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