Movie Music Composition Project. Great way to get upper elementary and middle school students creating, analyzing, selecting etc. Includes lessons for composing their own film soundtrack, adding their own sound effects, and studying John Williams and a foley artist as well.
Example of a four-part round using 'Dynamite'. Great group activity for vocal warm-ups, which also builds ensemble, whilst developing listening and tone/pitch skills. This could be modified by getting different groups to add in different skills - like over enunciating, projecting, using a quiet tone, etc...
Jazz up your middle school music curriculum with this 26 page bundle of Jazz music worksheets, activities, assessments, and a unit test! This unit is meant to accompany the film "The Story of Jazz" directed Matthew Seig which can be found on YouTube.
This is a fun activity I use on the first day of Middle School General Music!I play 15 different short listening examples - I personally use a playlist from my iTunes, but you could use a CD, youtube, etc.Students listen to the short clip and then choose which style it fits in best.