Peter and the Wolf becomes Pedro y El Lobo as students in Spanish class are given the opportunity to increase their vocabulary with an exploration into the classic musical tale by Sergei Prokofiev. This lesson provides practice in new vocabulary and natural dialogue as the students create a new ending to the tale and perform it in front of their peers.
While gaining exposure to a wide range of music – from classical to contemporary - students will understand that music and literature share a common language. Students will understand that hearing the language of music helps us to understand the language of literature.
Students will use their understanding of narratives (character, plot, setting, beginning, middle, and end) to create their own descriptive stories inspired by the music of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and his words to his Sonnets.
This lesson provides students an opportunity to use classical music to deepen their understanding of the Six Traits of Writing. Through listening and responding to music, the students make associations and draw conclusions that contribute to their ability to produce strong writing.
Students will use the music of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade to inspire a strong introduction to a story. By assuming the role of Scheherazade, students will write an introduction and collaborative story about Sinbad the Sailor. They will then take a comparative look at their own creations and the original story by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Posted Aug 15, 2009 by Heidi Doyle and Joanne Sweet
Students learn that it is possible to use some of the same strategies for understanding music that we use to understand literature. Students have an opportunity to identify a musical theme when played by in a variety of styles.
Music was one way the soldiers of the American Civil War could both pass the time and remember home and family. They whistled or sang familiar songs while performing menial duties, and some played instruments such as harmonicas and fiddles during their free time. Students will compare and contrast a Union song and a Confederate song, and see firsthand what these soldiers were experiencing.
Students will have made visual and numerical representations of change by making aural observations of the musical dynamics of a recorded excerpt from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, first movement. They will record the data in a bar graph and make observations about the changes and effects, which they may apply as a storytelling device.
This lesson will contrast Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring (classical) and Stephane Furic's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (jazz), and the role the poems Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman and The Bridge by Hart Crane, bring to the music.
Students will use the San Francisco Symphony's kids website - sfskids.org - to choose music that supports the events and people associated with the history of Oklahoma, such as Native Americans, explorers and exploration, Civil War, Trail of Tears, Land Run, and farmers and ranchers. Students will write two or three sentences to explain and support their selection of music. In small groups, students will create a statue or tableau depicting one of the events. Students will perform their statue or tableau for the class with their musical selection as a background.
Students will be able to relate the similarities and differences experienced by orchestra members and students of a first grade class as connected to the idea of the interdependence within a community. They will recognize that as members of a classroom community there are expectations for jobs, behavior, and intrinsic motivation to function to the best of the individual's ability.
This is a series of lessons on Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, and is the culmination of a science unit on animals. During the animal unit, students learned about the different ways animals move. As an extension to the concept of how animals move, they were introduced to the book that accompanies the music of Carnival of the Animals. Each day we read and listened to one selection from the book and CD. We discussed various musical elements such as dynamics, tempo, and orchestration.