AMAZING GRACE

Lyrics by John Newton

RHYTHM WARMUP:

Clap, sing, or play along with the rhythm cards! Notice the two new musical symbols!

LISTENING:

Listen to this recording of "Amazing Grace" performed by the legendary Mahalia Jackson.  

How did her voice make you feel?

How would you describe her voice?

CONNECTING

LYRICIST Biography

The lyrics to "Amazing Grace" were written by John Newton (1725-1807). He was born in London, England and began sailing with his father at a young age.  Newton spent part of his early adulthood as a slave trader before eventually deciding to devote his life to the church and to support abolition (a movement to end slavery).  

 

When Newton became a clergyman (a leader in the church) he wrote about a frightening storm he sailed through and the "grace" he received to have survive that scary night.  The song's melody is believed to have come from African slaves as a chant of sorrow.  "Amazing Grace" is very famous and believed to be performed over 10 million times a year in church services, funerals and stages everywhere . 

Listening Collection:

"Amazing Grace"

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How does the Listening Collection recording sound different from the Mahalia Jackson recording above?

SONG ANALYSIS

(Think, track, and sing along!)

What does the rhythm sound like?

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What does the melody sound like?

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Which fingers play this song?

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Which hand will play this song?

PRACTICING:

Play along using the keyboard image with the video, or download your own keyboard card:

USE A CURVED HAND POSITION WITH BOTH THUMBS ON MIDDLE C.

BE SURE TO SWITCH HANDS WITH EACH CLEF CHANGE!

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PERFORMING:

Play along with and without the video using the interactive keyboard below!

USE A CURVED HAND POSITION WITH BOTH THUMBS ON MIDDLE C.

BE SURE TO SWITCH HANDS WITH EACH CLEF CHANGE!

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PRACTICE TRACKER:

How many times did you practice the song?

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CONNECTING:

Versions of “Amazing Grace” have been sung and recorded all over the world! Check out some of these videos from around the world.  How do the solo performances compare to the trio performance and the ensemble performance? Which do you prefer and why?

CREATING:

Compose your own rhythms in 3/4 time!

Download the PDF here:

RESPONDING:
Let Music and the Brain hear from you!

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