This lesson provides students an opportunity to use classical music to deepen their understanding of the Six Traits of Writing. Through listening and responding to music, the students make associations and draw conclusions that contribute to their ability to produce strong writing.
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.
Students will use the music of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade to inspire a strong introduction to a story. By assuming the role of Scheherazade, students will write an introduction and collaborative story about Sinbad the Sailor. They will then take a comparative look at their own creations and the original story by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Posted Aug 15, 2009 by Heidi Doyle and Joanne Sweet
Students learn that it is possible to use some of the same strategies for understanding music that we use to understand literature. Students have an opportunity to identify a musical theme when played by in a variety of styles.
Copland, an American maverick, becomes a storyteller as he writes about life in the early years of America. His Appalachian Spring helps students understand how people, places and things change over time, while his musical sketch reinforces the six traits of writing.
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.
Why do two composers from the same period of history compose different music? Students will gain an understanding of how culture and history influences music as they analyze and compare the music of Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington, and learn how these composers used special sounds to enhance their music.
Students can use music to read each other’s minds! As students learn to differentiate tempo and dynamics to interpret the mood of the music, they will express it through physical movement that allows their classmates to guess what is on their mind.
Students discover how music can create a visual image in one’s mind as they listen to Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony – Pastoral. As the image takes shape, the students create a visual representation of their image to include the aspects of nature which Beethoven included in this wonderful composition.
Students understand the relationships between whole, halves, and quarters, and internalize the relationships between the parts through interaction with musical notation and rhythm. Additionally, students will apply abstract thinking skills to process, read and create musical notations and compositions using their knowledge of fractions.