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Fourth graders explore ballet. In this dance and music humanities lesson, 4th graders practice ballet positions and play a card game using French ballet vocabulary. Students count beats in rhythm patterns and listen to classical music associated with ballet.
Eighth graders are introduced to classical music by listening to the music. They also examine how the music evolved and what the composers are trying to say.
Students explore the classical music excerpt, 'Sunrise,' by Maurice Ravel. They listen to the excerpt, analyze the musical piece, participate in a visualization, and create an illustration of the sunrise depicted in the music.
Students are introduced to classical music. They listen to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. They interview each other in regards to their feelings about the music and the paintings they produced while listening to the piece.
Your class can build strong, well-represented opinions about the music they hear. They listen to, and share thoughts about, a piece of classical music. Then they write a piece of music or a poem, and analyze their peers' work and their own creative processes. Extra web links, interdisciplinary connections, and extension activities are all included.
Students study classical music and learn about competitions as well as musical careers. In this music study lesson, students read about the Klein String Competition and the importance of competitions in shaping musical careers. Students listen to classical music pieces and analyze the pieces. Students review music terminology, research the history of the violin family, and write a short report about the topic.
Students listen to, analyze, and describe excerpts from Benjamin Britten's, 'Finale From the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra'. They listen to the entire piece, and identify the different instruments by their sound.
In this composers word search puzzle, students identify the names of famous composers of classical music. Examples include Mozart and Bach. A list of 60 names is provided to assist students in their search.
Scherzo, cappricio, divertimento, and rando are all addressed in this look into humor through this classical music presentation. The slide show is very basic, but has some good background on Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Bach. The history of humor in music is covered from the Opera to Phyllis Diller. Included is a internet link section and reference list. Tip: Add background, pictures, and additional information to enhance this presentation.
Students listen to pieces of classical music by Handel and Palestrina. They explore the concepts of timbre and polyphony. In groups, they are to identify when different tones of music are being played.
Students closely examine chamber music as it has changed from the Middle Ages to today. They work in small groups to research the composers, instruments and typical presentation in 5 time periods. They write biographies and share their findings.
Upper graders view the animated short, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and analyze how the music score was chosen to express the scene. They create an animation as they listen to a classical recording to experience the connection between music and descriptive imagery. Resource links and an animation cell worksheet are included.
Students study the affect of a theme song can have on a show or performer. They compare and contrast an original television theme song with classical music.
Students watch Bugs Bunny cartoons, discuss the role of classical music in them, create musical parodies, and discuss Bugs Bunny as a Pop Icon.
Classical period music is defined by its characteristics and distinctive sound. A set of notes assists upper graders in recalling and analyzing music from the classical period based on musical terminology. An example analysis of Eine Kline Nachtmusik also helps learners along.
Students, after viewing an episode on the music of Antonio Vivaldi and a print from the artist Utagawa Hiroshige entitled Mountains and Rivers on the Kiso Road, participate with the characters on the screen. They experience a variety of fine works of art and classical music.
In this classical music worksheet, students explore classical music and classical musicians. Students read two passages and then unscramble instrument names.
Learners explore the expression of mood through music and visual art. They listen to a piece by Mussorgsky, discuss the events in the musical piece, and map out the events in the music with drawings.
Fourth graders engage in a lesson in which problem solving is set to music - like musical chairs. They listen to classical music to set a thought-provoking atmosphere. This is also an excellent method of reinforcement or review.
Students compare the paintings and lives of William H. Johnson and Henri Matisse through their use of line, color, and patterns to publish an individual fact book. They then create an imaginary painting while listening to classical music.