Teacher’s Guide

L E S S O N   P L A N                        Beats To Bridge                        June 2011 – June 2017

B2B bridges the gaps between cultures, and plays with music to bridge the gap between children and music.  Bridges are often built over WaTeR – so that societies can communicate with each other; when two unique forms meet, the collaboration is always unique and often inspiring.  Music is as vast as the ocean and will always be a source of inspiration and creative communication.  Students experience co-operation during music-making, and identify themselves as part of a community.  While utilizing patterns, music trains students in self-control and responsibility and encourages creative problem-solving to life challenges.

Cultural awareness offers the perspective that the world presents a canvas to each player and each one has his own assortment of colors and brushes to create the reality of his own capacity and desire.

B2B : Journey of Man is an interactive, audience-participatory story told through music & dance.  Audience will learn to recognize the Elements and their relationship to the many stages of life.  Emphasis is on always creating balance in life, throughout life changes & diverse circumstances; Creating smooth transitions & connecting from one stage to the next with confidence & clarity.  Presented with a clear relationship between the Creation and the Creator, experiencing the laws of cause & effect, students are motivated to act with greater responsibility.

C u l t u r a l  A p p r e c i a t i o n:

Geography:  Land/topography/deserts, forests, etc and what resources they offer?

How long is the Ganges River from it’s source until it flows out at the Bay of Bengal? How many humans rely on this WaTeR for sustenance?

Which mountain range includes the tallest point on Earth?

Which wildlife survives in each environment?

How is a society’s diet affected by local resources and by climate?

Identify and describe some characteristics and functions of wind, of water, of earth, of fire.  How do these Elements effect human survival?

How can these Elements be represented through sounds?

Introduce Civilizations, past and present.

Introduce and define “culture” & what it means to “cultivate”.

Define community and reflect upon those that we may belong to.

Transportation:  how has transportation affected the world community?

How many kilometers is 8,000 miles?

How far from Tulsa, OK, USA to India’s capital city, New Delhi?  How many plane hrs? Do we travel east or west?  Before planes, how did people travel back and forth?  how long did that take?  How would one get that opportunity?  How does this effect our world?

How have communications developed over the last few hundred years? (telephones, internet, etc.)  And how does this affect the world community?

How is civilization affected by trade of goods, of culture, and of ideas!

Languages:  Which nations share which common forms of communication?  How do these languages develop over time and space?  How do people communicate without a common verbal language?  Why do they?

Population:  How many people live in USA?  In India?  In each capital?  How does that number affect lifestyle?

Currency:  How has currency developed over the years?  How does the US Dollar convert into other currencies such as the British Pound, the Euro or the Indian Rupee?

M U S I C:

Included excerpts from B2B songlist:

Body percussion & dancing.  Movement = Sound.

Spoken phrases from African & Asian vocabulary.  Singing in various languages.

Introduce & explain:  Time signatures & Meter; Tonal Relationship;

Sound Combination; Instruments and their origin.

Where does the sound come from?  Instrument Construction.

Sound Esthetics.

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