The Function of Music

The lesson on mediasmarts.ca entitled “The Function of Music” looks like a wonderful lesson for high school students to teach them how music influences societies and acts as a “mirror” or a symbol. I believe this lesson would be appropriate for students taking supplementary music classes or could used in a class on media literacy as all students are affected by music to some extent. The lesson would not be appropriate for elementary students due to the advanced nature of how the material is presented however I believe it is possible to adapt for younger students without too much modification as long as the students are old enough to understand what advertising is. (Grade 5-6 students). Instead of using the examples in the lesson plan, the teacher would find music in the media that children are familiar with for example, the music from “Frozen”, McDonald’s advertising music or music from nursery rhymes. I would remove the student presentations on a musical collage and instead ask students to get into groups find a recording of a song they enjoy, make a poster with images that the song represents and present their posters to the class, along with the recording of their chosen song. The class would then have a teacher facilitated discussion on the song and what it represents or says about what our society likes at this point in time.

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