• NAS Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
  • NAS Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

  • NAS Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

  • NAS Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of music from various continents around the world. There are 3 sessions where students will virtually travel to Africa, Australia, and Asia. Students will learn about languages, animals, and music related to the continents and specific countries located there. The biggest focus of all the sessions in music appreciation and individual expression, in which students will formulate their own opinions and thoughts related to the music and other material.

Find the lesson outline here

Sessions two and three can be found below.

About the creator

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Michelle Kardos

Michelle Kardos, M.M., MT-BC, CAGO has served as a church musician since high school and continues to do so with a passion for the organ. A profound practitioner of the art of sacred music, Michelle Kardos is currently the Artist in Residence at First Presbyterian Church Greensburg and the Director of Music for the Partner Parishes of St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph. She also works for the Seton Hill University and the Diocese of Greensburg as an organist. Alongside this, she is a grader for the University of Southern California and a mentor in the Thornton Community Engagement Program.

Through the involvement of her local chapter, Michelle has been a member of the American Guild of Organist since 2014. From 2018-2021, she continues to serve as the Secretary for the Seton Hill University Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Michelle has received both her Service Playing and Colleague Certification from the AGO. She is also a member of NPM, AMTA, and MTNA.

Michelle also enjoys a career as a music therapist, working with older adults at skilled nursing facilities. Music therapy is an evidence-based clinical use of musical interventions to improve clients’ quality of life. She feels that she is called as a minister of music to extend her gifts to work with seniors and their families.