Throughout history, the night sky has been the object of much speculation, investigation and imagination by scientists and mathematicians, as well as the subject for creations and compositions by musicians and visual artists. Mozart’s (12) “Variations on ‘Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman” and “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh will stimulate students’ interest in the art of the evening sky.
Through reading the story Freddy the Frog and the Thump in the Night by Sharon Burch, students will discover how to read music notes in the treble clef and then will learn to perform simple songs on xylophones.
Students are introduced to Johann Sebastian Bach’s music through short deep listening exercises and optional integrated language arts activity. Students identify and annotate tempos, dynamics, timbre and imagery used in and associated with the compositions.
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.
Students listen to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Autumn, and describe emotion, tempo, and dynamics. Students engage kinesthetically as they move to the music and learn about the composer. Students learn the scientific reasons for fall leaves changing color. Students sing the poem "Little Leaves" to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle and the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Students do a choral reading of "Colors of Fall." Students will collect real autumn leaves, then draw and paint them as their interpretation of Vivaldi's Autumn.
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.
Students will discuss emotion words. They will look up synonyms for emotion words. They will then listen to the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and discuss the emotions they hear. Discussion about instrument families and dynamics will take place to help students decide why the song gives certain emotions. After several times listening to the music students will create a graph of the emotions they hear in the music.
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.
After learning about the Great Depression and the New Deal as part of a Social Science unit, students will explore the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal One Program that operated from 1935-1943. The Federal Art Project (FAP) was one arm of the WPA and included the Theater Project called "Sing for Your Supper". The song Ballad for Americans (formerly Ballad for Uncle Sam) was written for this project. Students will watch and listen to Paul Robeson sing Ballad for Americans from an online video.
Students will develop the ability to articulate moods and imagery in music through poetry. They will be able to do this through comparing and contrasting two pieces of Beethoven's music via language and movement. They will depict Beethoven in an art piece and learn about his life.
Engage students studying the Age of Democratic Revolutions in a series of deep listening activities to the second and third movements of Eroica, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 to help develop their critical thinking, listening and writing skills on World History content standards. Students gain a deeper understanding of democratic ideals from the American and French Revolutions, having had more time thinking about how to frame and explain the events and upheavals taking place.