Students will learn about Tempo through movement.
Using the traditional song "Pick a Bale of Cotton" students will learn about tempo. "Pick a Bale" has been classed as a work song but it also was used frequently during slave times as a dance tune or reel. As a work song it has a "John Henry" twist in that the lyric speaks of picking a bale of cotton a day, an impossible task for one person. Today it is quite often used as a line dance song that increases in tempo with each successive repeat.
Students will learn about tempo(Adagio, andante, Allegro) through movement. This lesson plan is designed to fulfill Standard #5 of the National Standards for Music: Reading and Notating Music.
Source: The Lesson Zone (www.makingmusicfun.net)
Piano Sheet music with melody and chords