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.
This unit is designed to integrate the elements of landscape design and elements of music. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are asked to consider American landscapes as they learn how one musician, Aaron Copland, created music that is distinctly American - a musical American landscape. Teachers could certainly do one lesson from the unit and not the entire unit.
This lesson represents a yearlong partnership with the local Symphony. My students studied all four musical instrument families - strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion, coinciding with the schedule of the local Symphony. With each instrument family we did free line drawings of instruments (violin, trumpet, flute and timpani). The lessons include visual art, live music and active listening. Finally, their experience will bring an understanding of the culture and climate of the Symphony, as it becomes truly accessible to students of all socio/economic backgrounds.
This integrated lesson, focusing on United States History, incorporates learning about the Wild West and the western outlaw Billy the Kid through the music of Aaron Copland. The lesson provides musical reflection and each movement of Copland’s ballet Billy the Kid work and opportunity to experience deep listening for the elements of Dynamics, Articulation, Rhythm and Tempo (DART).
This lesson will contrast Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring (classical) and Stephane Furic's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (jazz), and the role the poems Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman and The Bridge by Hart Crane, bring to the music.
This lesson is designed to teach positional, directional and spatial skills, social skills, large motor skills, creative skills, and oral vocabulary using the "Aquarium" movement from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint- Saëns. The lesson is designed specifically to teach early childhood developmentally delayed students but can the challenge can easily be increased to make it appropriate for older grades or ELL classes.
This lesson was designed for a 4th grade class, but is interesting and easy to adapt and use with all grade levels. The purpose of this lesson is for the students to paint their impression in watercolor of one of the experiences, following a performance of a symphony orchestra.
The lesson helps the students learn to compare and contrast their current life with the past. It is designed to help them learn to more thoughtfully listen to a composer's piece and write a descriptive paragraph of their interpretation.
Students will discover the differences in musical tempo between fast and slow. Students will learn to use the correct musical terms to describe the tempo of each piece of music. Students will use streamers and their bodies to show at what tempo each piece is played.
In this lesson students will assign an orchestral instrument to an African animal, using characteristics which they have in common. The students will write a cinquain poem and create a poster (collage) with their African animal as the theme.