English Language Learner

Music: It’s a Matter of Opinion

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Stefanie Perkins-DeMoulin

This lesson utilizes Classical and Disco music to teach about Beethoven's life while integrating many language arts standards at the same time. Music, art, and math were also incorporated into the theme unit. The main objective of this unit is to teach fact and opinion. There is no right or wrong answer to what makes music, music. It's a matter of opinion.

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Communities: Orchestral Communities, Personal Communities

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Jeff McQueen

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.

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Communication: Learning the Basics through Music

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Susan Power

This lesson introduces basic communication skills by asking the following questions: What does communication mean? What do good communicators do? Selections from Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland and Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns will help us define musical terms and discover the answers to our questions. Following this lesson, students will have a better understanding of the definition of communication and the different aspects included in the definition.

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Beethoven's Sixth Symphony and the Expression of Feeling through the Arts

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Kathleen Helleskov

After exploring nature and country life through literature, poetry, visual art, science and social science, young children will explore feelings about nature by responding with movement to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Opus 68, known as Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life. By listening to the words of Beethoven (from documented source materials), students will become familiar with his feelings and his desire to express these feelings through his Symphony No. 6.

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Autumn Leaves

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Jini Maxwell

This lesson involves two genres of music: a classical composition, Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, Autumn from Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi; and a jazz rendition of Autumn Leaves, by Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert, performed by Wynton Marsalis. The children are given and bring background information about the fall season, particularly how leaves fall off of a tree or blow in the wind. The children engage in an activity where they can drop a leaf and watch it fall or blow.

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The Sound I See

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Chris LeMoyne

This lesson represents a yearlong partnership with the local Symphony. My students studied all four musical instrument families - strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion, coinciding with the schedule of the local Symphony. With each instrument family we did free line drawings of instruments (violin, trumpet, flute and timpani). The lessons include visual art, live music and active listening. Finally, their experience will bring an understanding of the culture and climate of the Symphony, as it becomes truly accessible to students of all socio/economic backgrounds.

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Getting Inside Beethoven

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Bonnie Raines

Students will develop the ability to articulate moods and imagery in music through poetry. They will be able to do this through comparing and contrasting two pieces of Beethoven's music via language and movement. They will depict Beethoven in an art piece and learn about his life.

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