LESSON PLAN FOR HAWAIIAN HULA
one or two 45 minute classes
TYPE OF CLASS
General Music Education
MAJOR GOAL OF LESSON:
To introduce the Hawaiian culture through the experience of luau
and the exploration of dancing a hula;
CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKS ADDRESSED:
Music, PreK-12 Learning Standards
1, 2, 4, and 5
1.1 Sing independently, maintaining accurate intonation, steady tempo, rhythmic accuracy, appropriately
produced sound (timbre), clear diction, and correct posture.
1.5 Sing in groups, blending vocal timbers, matching dynamic
level, and responding to the cues of a conductor.
1.8 Sing music representing diverse genres and cultures, with expression
appropriate for the work being performed, and using a variety of languages.
2.1 Demonstrate and respond to: the beat,
division of the beat, meter, and rhythmic notation, including half, quarter, eight, and sixteenth notes and rest.
Use a system to read and sing at sight simple pitch notation in the treble clef
2.9 In a choral/instrumental ensemble
or class: sight read, accurately and expressively, music with a difficult level of 2 on scale of 1 to 6.
in the same style to given rhythmic and melodic phrases
4.3 Improvise and compose simple rhythmic variations
and simple melodic embellishments on familiar melodies.
4.5 Create and arrange short songs and instrumental pieces within
5.2 Listen to and describe aural examples of music of various styles, genres, cultural and
historical periods, identifying expressive qualities, instrumentation, and cultural and/or geographic context.
and demonstrate audience skills of listening attentively and appropriately in classroom, rehearsal, and performance settings.
STANDARDS FOR ALL TEACHERS ADDRESSED:
a) Plans Curriculum and Instruction.
b) Delivers Effective Instruction.
c) Manages Classroom Climate and Operations.
d) Promotes Equity
e) Meets professional Responsibilities
To understand a little bit on the back ground behind the hula and luau, to understand and learn a
simple Hawaiian song and Hula and to apply what they just learned in dance/singing improvisational group activity.
AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
Notes for lecture
by Webley Edwards and Leon Pober (either playing from the computer or
the cd player, another option would be to bring in a musician who plays the ukele to play it or to just play it yourself on
the piano or guitar)
Previous knowledge of the hula steps
Handout with the song for group activity
PROCEDURES AND TEACHING STRATEGIES:
1) Begin class by having the students
listen to some Hawaiian music and try to place ii in the world. Additionally, explore why they believed it was from Hawaii
and not anywhere else.
2) Continue the class by exploring with them the aspects of Hawaii, the
Hawaiian culture, the Luau and the Hula
3) Explain to them that they will be learning a Hula and instruct them the dance
4) Teach the following steps noting that the kaholo (step to right and follow with the left, step to right and follow
with the right and the reverse) side step is done throughout the hula.
Instructions for Hula:
a) During the words
cup both hand right then left then the other way changing with the direction of the kaholo
by the ocean
left to right hand over hand and them the other direction in step with the kaholo
shinning in the sun
hands lift from either side up, meat on top and sway on top left to right above the head
covering the shore
lower hand to waist height and sweep ground with flat palms left
to right and right to left
when I see them
one hand place on the side of the face
with a straight palm with the other extended up and out with the straight palm, again both directions
f) During my heart
elbows straight out, hands at chest meeting fingertip to fingertip.
your arms forward
cross arm over arm on chest
than all do
arms straight out with palms downİlower to cross arms on bottom and top and end up with straight
arms again and palms up
those little pearly shell
do original cupped hands left to right them back again.
5) It is best to teach the hula by saying the words and the motions together and then adding in the kaholo step. Remember
to note that the hands and face are the focus of the Hula. Only the hips and legs should move and not the shoulders.
this point, depending on the progress of the class, one can either continue or wait until next period to develop further
Once familiar with song and hula, continue the lesson by having the students improvise there own hula using the
tune in group, encouraging new words and new dance steps
7) Lesson concludes with students
presenting their dances and hearing themselves on the tape recorder at the end of the class.
GRADING RUBRIC FOR THE
There should be some guidelines for evaluating performance. It is best to set three standards for
grading the performance: above average, average and below average.
MEANS OF EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PROGRESS
A student's performance rubric should be assessed based on the following questions:
1) Was there participation
2) How well they seem to have a grasp on the concept involved?
3) How did they follow directions correctly?
4) What was the their level of group cooperation?
5) How much did they enjoy the experience?
6) How much did they
learn form the experience?
POTENTIAL PITFALL, OBSTACLES AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES
The most challenging part
of this activity will be learning the arm motions and doing them together with the kaholo. The kaholo itself as well as the
song are very simple but coordinating them maybe challenging for some. If this is the case, it might be best to teach the
motions first using only the words, then adding the melody with the motions and then adding the kaholo at the end.
lesson may also prove challenging to those students who for some reason or another have trouble moving as freely as other
students. It is also fine for them to just sit and do the arm motions with the class or as the problems arise modify the movements
themselves depending on the students limitations
SKILLS AND CONCEPTS ADDRESSED
After this lesson, students will have gained an introduction to the culture of
Hawaii: its people, its music and one of its most famous events, Luau and dances, the Hula. Is activity sets the stage to
further develop a wellİrounded tour of this land by exploring it cross curricula with the other academic subjects. These could
include topics such as studying Hawaii's geology, the mythology of the native people, their language or Hawaii'
In the end, this lesson opens the door to a new culture. It allows the children to be part
of the culture not only as witnesses but also as active participants.
is an actual hula so if any point
in their lives they ever see it performed, they will be able not only recognize the tune but also be familiar with its actual
movements. In other words, the point of the lesson is to expand the horizons of the children in order to make them more aware
of cultures unfamiliar to them.
Grading Ruberic Subject:
The student displayed close attention to classroom instructions and was able to execute the task at hand.
The student displayed close attention to classroom instructions but took time to execute the task at hand.
The student displayed little or no attention to classroom instructions and had trouble executing the task at hand.
The student portrayed excellent class particpation by asking and answering questions.
The student portrayed good class particpation by asking and answering a minimal amount of questions.
The student portrayed little or no particpation in asking and answering questions.
The student displayed an affection for learning and understanding the aspects of the culture of Hawaii.
The student displayed semi-affection for learning and understanding the aspects of the culture of Hawaii.
The student displayed no affection for learning and understanding the aspects of the culture of Hawaii.