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Fourth graders explore ballet. For 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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
Second graders study Folk Songs and instruments of the orchestra in these lessons. They recognize the difference between folk songs and classical music.
Students, using excerpts from Mozart's 'Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Major', explore the ability of music to spark the imagination of the listener.
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, using excerpts from Bach's 'The Hunting Catata', examine the folk traditions of singing lullabies.
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.
Students, using excerpts from 'Symphony 5' and 'Symphony 9', compare and contrast between two of Beethoven's works.
Young scholars, using excerpts from Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, identify meaningful themes in music and consider power of aural symbols.
Fourth graders, using excerpts from Smetana's 'The Moldau', explore musical description and use pictures to represent musical events.
Young scholars listen to music from Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance. They participate in a mock graduation in which they share their greatest accomplishment.
Pupils, using excerpts from Chopin's 'Waltz in C Minor', explore the waltz form and discuss how art and culture are shaped by historical events.
Fourth graders, using excerpts from Telemann's 2nd movement of the 'Recorder Suite in A Minor', examine solo works, the recorder, and the science of music.