Peter and the Wolf becomes Pedro y El Lobo as students in Spanish class are given the opportunity to increase their vocabulary with an exploration into the classic musical tale by Sergei Prokofiev. This lesson provides practice in new vocabulary and natural dialogue as the students create a new ending to the tale and perform it in front of their peers.
To accomplish goals, members of families must cooperate, just as members of the orchestra must cooperate to create beautiful music. Similarly, students in a classroom have similar constructs; everyone must do their best for themselves as well as for the good of the whole. This lesson helps students understand that an orchestra, a family and a classroom must work together to accomplish great things.
Students will understand that music can interpret movement as they focus on how the movement of animals may be best represented by music. Through their knowledge of tempo and dynamics, the instruments of the orchestra, and knowledge of the physical attributes of animals in the wild, students will create a short musical composition to interpret what they have learned about the movement of animals.
This is Tempo gives students the skills and knowledge to listen to music in a new way. With their new special vocabulary to define the speed of music, they can actually analyze and create music using their new skills.
Posted Aug 16, 2009 by Heidi Doyle and Joanne Sweet
How does someone who is deaf enjoy music? Can they hear it? Can they make it? Through exploring the life and music of Evelyn Glennie, students will understand that music is sound produced by vibrations, and will create their own instrument out of found objects to compose a musical score for presentation.
Students will discover how the love of music connected two important figures in world history: Benjamin Franklin, an American founding father, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an Austrian composer. Additionally, students will begin to understand pitch, and how each note is calibrated to create its own unique sound.
This lesson shows students where rock music really began! Students will create musical instruments with objects from nature. Using their created instruments, students compose and perform a musical arrangement, while making connects with their knowledge of life during the Stone Age.
Music was one way the soldiers of the American Civil War could both pass the time and remember home and family. They whistled or sang familiar songs while performing menial duties, and some played instruments such as harmonicas and fiddles during their free time. Students will compare and contrast a Union song and a Confederate song, and see firsthand what these soldiers were experiencing.
This lesson is designed to help students gain understanding of Beethoven and his music. We will research Beethoven’s life and music and will compose a letter to him. We will discuss how Beethoven used instrumentation or timbre, dynamics and tempo, and other elements of music to evoke a large variety of emotions for those listening to his music. We will then use the book Sing My Song: A Kid’s Guide to Songwriting by Steve Seskin, to work collaboratively to compose a song with a message that we feel is important to our listeners.