Why the unit should come before the lesson (not a ‘chicken’ or the ‘egg’ approach)

Greetings DP Music teachers! Today I would like to present a teaching idea as well as a brief reflection on the importance of unit planning prior to lesson planning. I will be exploring how two essential questions (that I created) 'forced' me to shift the instructional approach and content I used in a specific lesson. Like my post from 8 September, this discussion could serve as a doorway (or continuation) into the Listening Paper, Musical Links Investigation, and an Extended Essay ...

Blurring the lines (between moving students from hearing to listening)

  Greetings Diploma Music Folk! This post presents a few teaching ideas. This base idea involves using popular (current top-forty) music and could serve as a doorway into the Listening Paper, Musical Links Investigation, and/or the Extended Essay. It also could be used to begin a ToK conversation concerning the concept of 'popular music' as a cultural definition (using other 'popular' songs from different musical genres and cultures). This lesson incorporates the following Learner Profile attributes: Reflective, Risk-takers, Communicators, Thinkers, Inquirers; This lesson ...