Students will create a visual representation of what they think about, or feel from the music of Copland and Stravinsky. After reading books from the series Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers, students will use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two composers (Stravinsky and Copland), their music, and the time period in which they lived to create a paragraph comparing the two composers.
Students study the elements of story, idea and voice in writing, and listen to the story and music of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. Students will re-write the story of Peter and the Wolf by changing the setting to the desert habitat. Students will understand that they need to change the characters to those which would inhabit this setting.
Using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, students will discover how difficult it is to compose music with a hearing loss. Children will develop an understanding of overcoming disabilities and preserving through life's struggles. Students will learn how to compose four bars of music using 4-4 time.
Students will recognize and identify the sounds of different orchestral instruments; learn and use the tempo markings from the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; research the similarities between adaptations in nature and variations in music/visual art; and create visual art which illustrates the connection among natural adaptations and music variations.
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.
After studying the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, students will listen to, become familiar with, and identify distinguishing characteristics of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, the "Pastoral". Selected landscape art will be explored and correlated with specific movements of the symphony. The sonnet, On Hearing a Symphony of Beethoven by Edna St. Vincent Millay, will be interpreted. Student poetry elicted by an imagninary walk in the meadow with Beethoven will be illusutrated with their art.