This is a simplified version of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf taught in a developmental delay program for special needs students and English language learners, ages 3 to 6 years. It is easily adapted to meet the needs of older children with the same educational needs. The purpose of the lesson is to provide the students with a variety of experiences performing and telling the story of the fable that Sergei Prokofiev has set to music, and to introduce the students to various instruments of the orchestra.
Students will be able to identify "same" and "different" in sections of “Trepak” from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, while learning and practicing different kinds of locomotor and non-locomotor movements. Students will work on skipping, galloping, hopping, jumping, walking, tiptoeing as well as bending, twisting, and stretching all in time with the music. Students will be able to identify when the tempo of the music gets faster.
Students will relate musical and poetic vocabulary. They will identify specific tempos and dynamics of musical excerpts from the San Francisco Symphony's Kids Website which correspond best to word pattern and meter of a chosen poem. Students will show understanding through reading/reciting their poem to appropriate background music.
Students will understand how three famous people made a significant contribution to the performing arts. They will read a timeline, demonstrate map skills, learn and perform a simple rhythmic pattern using various percussion instruments. Using adjectives and verbs, students will describe the animal that they have selected for their ballet performance. They will listen to an historical account of the event as well as listen and dance like elephants to Stravinsky’s Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant.