Beethoven's Barometer

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Leah Nellis

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.

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Star Spangled Music as a Patriotic Symbol

Posted Aug 16, 2009 by Christina Gammel

Through the use of music, students will make connections with the historical events in Colonial America and Europe during the early 19th century.  Using the music of Sousa and Tchaikovsky, students will understand how music can become a patriotic symbol and help depict historical events.

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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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