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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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A Walk Back In Time with Copland

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Lisa Cochrane

The lesson helps the students learn to compare and contrast their current life with the past. It is designed to help them learn to more thoughtfully listen to a composer's piece and write a descriptive paragraph of their interpretation.

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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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Learning Literary Terminology Through Music

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Stefanie Friesen

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.

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Beethoven's Thoughts

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Sherry Matic

Students write a descriptive essay explaining their thoughts and feelings while listening to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, learning how to describe the musical elements that cause them to feel this way, and transpose these feelings into a watercolor art piece.  The students will present their essay and art work orally, and act out their responses during a physical education exercise.

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Mr. Lincoln Through the Eyes of Aaron Copland

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Jill Humrich

Learning about this nation’s twelfth president is fun when we combine music, writing, and performing to your lessons. Mix together a little Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, with historical facts and opinions, books, videos and even the Gettysburg Address. Your students will astound you as they create a class performance piece using their words, accompanied by Mr. Copland’s composition.

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Dear Mr. Copland and Mr. Ellington

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Sonja Rivera

After gaining familiarity with the lives and music of Copland and Ellington, students write each a formal letter expressing how culture is reflected in music.  Students create a bio-poem about the composer’s life and music.

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