Students listen critically to two distinct compositions by composer Aaron Copland to help them connect with their own family's traditions and cultures. Through interviews, art and writing, students will gain a better understanding of their own heritage.
This lesson will introduce students to Babar, an elephant portrayed in the children's books by Jean de Brunhof. Students will listen to Francis Poulenc's musical composition of the same name, written to reflect the scenes in Jean de Brunhof's book. Students will gain an understanding of how powerful the use of simple rhythm instruments is in retelling the story. Students will also create visual works of art based on the sounds they hear in the audio performance.
This lesson was created for primary age students but can easily be adapted into an intermediate or middle school social studies lesson. Students will explore a period of time when African Americans were striving to make their mark on American music. Ragtime music will be experienced through listening to classics, observing performances, researching the life of Scott Joplin, learning dances, and wearing self-made costumes of the era. They will reflect on the Ragtime music, the struggle of African Americans, and the life skills of successful people who persevere.
Students move and listen to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, second movement Andante molto mosso, known as Scene by the Brook, as they imagine taking a journey with Beethoven along a path. They focus on the dynamics and tempo of the music and work to build their own personal image of what it might look like and feel like to take a walk with Beethoven beside a brook. As they listen to the entire Symphony No. 6, students will work in teams to create a visual representation of each movement using oil pastels.
In this lesson, students will learn about the ancient Greek god of music, Apollo, through two pieces of classical music. The students will discuss the role of music in ancient Greece. The students will analyze two musical compositions, Apollo by Igor Stravinsky and Apollo et Hyachinthus by Wolfgang A. Mozart.
Students will identify the character, setting, and plot of the story of Ballet of the Elephants and listen to Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant, composed by Igor Stravinsky for the ballet. Students will then listen to a piece of unidentified music to create their own character, setting, and plot diagram. They will use this diagram to create their own story that includes characters, a setting, and a plot (beginning, middle, and end).
In the years following World War I, American composers like Ferde Grofé (1892 – 1972) sought new models of composition to authentically capture the American musical identity. The Grand Canyon Suite (1931) by Grofé reflects a strain of American composition in the 1930's where orchestral works depicted scenes of American life in a modern world. Inspired by the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, Grofé paints a musical impression of a day in the canyon for the listener, translating the beauty of nature into a tangible art form.
The students will have a deeper understanding of the vocabulary words: gather, exciting, cooperate, activity and exhausted. Students will be able to compare and contrast two pieces of music, distinguish between real and fantasy, fiction and non-fiction. Students will be able to sequence a story, telling about main events and using vocabulary.
Students will develop the skill to write more expressively using descriptive words and phrases such as adjectives, adverbs, metaphors and similes in order to make their writing come alive, and be more visual and engaging.
Students will study the pioneer life through the sounds of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring. After gaining knowledge of the pioneer's daily life, struggles, and hardships, students will collaborate to create a pioneer scene using modeling clay. Students will use the flip cameras to capture a Claymation® video of the pioneer life incorporating Appalachian Spring as background music, as they learn about the trials and hardships of pioneer life as they moved west into a new frontier.
Students will learn about dynamics, tempo, acoustics and instruments in the music of Charles Ives. Students will be introduced to and learn about the literary term onomatopoeia, and how it can relate to the sounds composed by Ives in The Unanswered Question, Central Park in the Dark and Symphony No 4. Students will then relate the literary term to musical expression. Making the connection between literacy and music, students will create their own musical onomatopoeias using various media, such as watercolor, tempera paint, crayons, magazine text and markers.