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.
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.