Students will learn the structure of "March of the Trolls" by Grieg and compare it to the structure of a poem. Students will write a poem that has stanzas inspired by the themes in the music. Student will learn key vocabulary that is similar to or related between classical music and poetry.
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 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.
This lesson provides students with an opportunity to listen to music and express their feelings through describing words, as they learn how to express themselves verbally. Using Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, we compare the music of two characters at a time and complete a Venn diagram of describing words. Students select their favorite character, draw a picture of the character, and write a sentence or two about the character, using the descriptive language from our Venn diagrams, as they develop vocabulary and enhance their writing.
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.