The students will describe the life of Duke Ellington and his contributions to the field of jazz. The students will create "nick names" similar to jazz performers of the 1920's by using adjectives that describe themselves. The students will create an original poem using a variety of popular vocabulary from the 1920s as well as adjectives that describe a mood they feel from listening to the musical selection. The students will create an illustration to decorate an adjective word wall in the room.
After learning about the life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven and listening to a variety of musical selections, the students will create an Ode to Beethoven to express their appreciation and knowledge for his life and musical talent. In addition, the students learned about the artist Andy Warhol, and will use this knowledge to create an art piece of Beethoven in the style of Warhol.
Students will be able to name and describe the following tempo markings: adagio, andante, moderato, allegro, and presto. They will be able to move kinesthetically at each named tempo, and be able to identify the tempo of a piece of music they hear by moving to the rhythm.
Students will have a better understanding of how musical terms, dynamics and tempo, can apply to other disciplines. Students will use musical vocabulary to help determine how to read poems with greater voice and expression.
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.
Students will listen to Copland's Appalachian Spring while listening to a reading of Heartland by Diane Siebert. They will listen for sensory details in both the music and the literature. Students will then write their own poems and create a watercolor.
Poetry is like a song. When you read poetry, you hear and feel different phrases and beats, created by the placement of punctuation and choice of words. As students listen to Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, third movement Alla Turca: Allegretto in A minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, they will hear how music also has phrases of different lengths and music notation that creates beats the listener will hear and feel. Students will learn how to critique poetry for its rhythm and beats, created by both word choice and punctuation.
Poetry is like a song. When you read poetry, you hear and feel different phrases and beats, created by the placement of punctuation and choice of words. As students listen to Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, third movement Alla Turca: Allegretto in A minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, they will hear how music also has phrases of different lengths and music notation that creates beats the listener will hear and feel. Students will learn how to write poetry that has rhythm and beats, created by both word choice and punctuation.
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.
After studying the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, students will listen to, become familiar with, and identify distinguishing characteristics of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, the "Pastoral". Selected landscape art will be explored and correlated with specific movements of the symphony. The sonnet, On Hearing a Symphony of Beethoven by Edna St. Vincent Millay, will be interpreted. Student poetry elicted by an imagninary walk in the meadow with Beethoven will be illusutrated with their art.