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.
Can earthquakes write music? Using seismograms and music score sheets, students record the earth’s movements to create Earthquake Symphonies. Students listen to and analysis the music of Beethoven’s Eroica and how it relates to the movement of the earth.
Can we hear the sounds of music? Students will predict how well they think they can detect the dynamics of music by well known composers. Through scientific inquiry, students will create an entry for the science fair which compares predictions with data collected by a Quacker Tracker while their musical selection is played.
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.
Students will gain an understanding of music’s relationship to the American, French and Russian revolutions. Students will also gain knowledge that music has changed over the last 200 years as a result of a musical revolution.
Through the use of music, students will make connections with the historical events in Colonial America and Europe during the early 19th century. Using the music of Sousa and Tchaikovsky, students will understand how music can become a patriotic symbol and help depict historical events.
Students deepen their understanding of the political and emotional events of the War of 1812 through the music of Tchaikovsky. Students will learn how different instruments are used for expressing a mood and illustrating events in history. Students will write a response to the music that informs about their own understanding of both the instrumentation and the important events of history.
With a little help by Stravinsky, students understand music evokes mood, emotion and feeling. In the process, students develop critical listening and thinking skills, and illustrate through cartooning what they believe is expressed in selections of The Rite of Spring.