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.
Throughout history, the night sky has been the object of much speculation, investigation and imagination by scientists and mathematicians, as well as the subject for creations and compositions by musicians and visual artists. Mozart’s (12) “Variations on ‘Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman” and “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh will stimulate students’ interest in the art of the evening sky.
Students will have made visual and numerical representations of change by making aural observations of the musical dynamics of a recorded excerpt from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, first movement. They will record the data in a bar graph and make observations about the changes and effects, which they may apply as a storytelling device.
Students listen to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Autumn, and describe emotion, tempo, and dynamics. Students engage kinesthetically as they move to the music and learn about the composer. Students learn the scientific reasons for fall leaves changing color. Students sing the poem "Little Leaves" to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle and the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Students do a choral reading of "Colors of Fall." Students will collect real autumn leaves, then draw and paint them as their interpretation of Vivaldi's Autumn.
This lesson is designed to teach how sound is produced and how its qualities change depending on the medium through which vibrations pass. The students will be able to 1) identify parts of a sound (sine) wave: amplitude, frequency, phase, crest, and valley; 2) explain the difference between a pure tone and a sound with harmonics; and 3) explain how different musical instruments produce different qualities of sound (timbre).
Students will listen to Music for the Royal Fireworks by George Frideric Handel (commissioned to celebrate the signed Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1749) and design a virtual fireworks display to accompany the music. Students will learn that the specific colors in a firework display are created when atoms of a particular element or a combination of elements are energized by the firework's heat. They will learn that the shape of the firework display is determined by the shape and structure of one particular component inside the firework shell.
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.
This lesson focuses on the collage-like paintings of the Italian Mannerist painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The four paintings named after the seasons are La Primavera (Spring), L'Esate (Summer), L'Autunno (Autumn), and L'Inverno (Winter). This lesson integrates an art history lesson on Arcimboldo, a visual arts lesson on collage, a health lesson on healthy foods, and a classical music appreciation lesson on Antonio Vivaldi and his four violin concertos entitles The Four Seasons.