Perform, listen to, and discuss music related to Florida's history.


e.g., music of Stephen Foster; Spanish, African American, and Native American influences; folk music; early music used to heal, signal, impress, intimidate, immortalize
General Information
Subject Area: Music
Grade: 4
Big Idea: Historical and Global Connections
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
7713010: Music: K-5 (Specifically in versions: 2013 - 2015, 2015 - 2019 (course terminated))
5013100: Music - Intermediate 2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7713040: Access Music Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2018 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
MU.4.H.2.In.a: Identify and listen to music related to Florida’s history.
MU.4.H.2.Pa.a: Associate musical examples with Florida culture or history.
MU.4.H.2.Su.a: Recognize a variety of music that represents Florida culture or history.

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Lesson Plans

Railroads Change Florida: Zora Neale Hurston and the Railroad Track Lining Chants:

Zora Neale Hurston is most often remembered as a gifted novelist with a knack for capturing the essence of the lives of rural Southerners, especially in Florida. She was also, however, a folklorist who helped the Federal Writers’ Project document the lives and traditions of African-Americans during the Great Depression. Hurston’s work has been instrumental in writing the history of African-American individuals and communities. In this lesson students will listen to a track lining song that was collected by Zora Neale Hurston to write brief journal responses to the audio recording.

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Shape Note Singing in Florida: “Florida Storm”: The Miami Hurricane of 1926:

American shape note singing is a tradition that goes back to the New England singing schools of the 18th century. It is an easy method for learning written music and was intended to replace lining out - the call and response form of singing in which a leader chants each line of a hymn to the congregation before it sings them.

In this lesson students will listen to and analyze a recording of "Florida Storm," a shape note song from The Colored Sacred Harp to discuss the meaning of the song.

Type: Lesson Plan

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