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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Beethoven's Beloved Immortal - History or Mystery?

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Christine Friend

Students will gain knowledge of the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Within the study, students will be able to identify and use processes important to reconstructing and reinterpreting the past by using a variety of sources; providing, validating, and weighing evidence for claims; checking credibility of sources; and searching for causality, to seek to determine the identity of Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved.

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Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring: A Myth is Born

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Gail Claus

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.

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Stravinsky and the Firebird

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Bonnie Raines

This lesson integrates language arts with visual and performing arts. Students immerse themselves in the world of the Russian folktale, The Firebird, and then explore other avenues of appreciating the tale through listening and dancing to Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, as well as engaging in theater and visual arts activities.

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By the Great Horn Spoon!

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Carolyn Roberts

Students will complete two language arts activities for this lesson. In the first activity, students use folk songs from the era of the California Gold Rush, which are introduced in the early chapters of By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleishman, to identify folk song motifs in the classical music of Antonín Dvořák. This will be explored by the students' creation of a labeled line drawing of one of Dvořák 's compositions.

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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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