This is a simplified version of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf taught in a developmental delay program for special needs students and English language learners, ages 3 to 6 years. It is easily adapted to meet the needs of older children with the same educational needs. The purpose of the lesson is to provide the students with a variety of experiences performing and telling the story of the fable that Sergei Prokofiev has set to music, and to introduce the students to various instruments of the orchestra.
Students will learn the structure of "March of the Trolls" by Grieg and compare it to the structure of a poem. Students will write a poem that has stanzas inspired by the themes in the music. Student will learn key vocabulary that is similar to or related between classical music and poetry.
In the years following World War I, American composers like Ferde Grofé (1892 – 1972) sought new models of composition to authentically capture the American musical identity. The Grand Canyon Suite (1931) by Grofé reflects a strain of American composition in the 1930's where orchestral works depicted scenes of American life in a modern world. Inspired by the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, Grofé paints a musical impression of a day in the canyon for the listener, translating the beauty of nature into a tangible art form.
Students will listen to Civil War era music composed by nineteenth century composers from the North and from the South. The objective of this lesson will be for students to practice forming sentences which compare ideas using correlative conjunctions, coordinating conjunctions, and/or specialized prepositions (during, while, from, to). Students will describe both pieces of music. The teacher will create a Venn diagram using the students' descriptions. Students will connect ideas using sentence frames provided by the teacher.
Students will understand how three famous people made a significant contribution to the performing arts. They will read a timeline, demonstrate map skills, learn and perform a simple rhythmic pattern using various percussion instruments. Using adjectives and verbs, students will describe the animal that they have selected for their ballet performance. They will listen to an historical account of the event as well as listen and dance like elephants to Stravinsky’s Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant.