Joseph Haydn Teacher Resources
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Haydn 's Surprise
Students explore the background of Haydn's Surprise and the texture of the music. The teacher uses mouse and lion puppets to demonstrate soft and loud music. They tiptoe and stomp to display the concept. and play a soft/loud singing game.
Students listen to Haydn's "Surprise" and use the score to create themes and variations with other rhythms. They create poems using Haydn's rhythm in the symphony and research his life. They also use "body percussion" to play parts of the symphony.
New! The Spread of Enlightenment Ideas
Looking for a simple and straightforward reference on the Enlightenment for your young historians? Check out this list of key terms and important figures from the period, followed by a traditional assessment where your learners will be asked to match historical figures with their appropriate accomplishments and respond to brief constructed response questions. Finally, your class members will read an excerpt from Rousseau's The Social Contract and consider his argument against the use of force as a means of governance.
VH1 Driven: Jamie Foxx
Students compare and contrast Jamie Foxx's early musical career with the careers of J.S. Back and F.J. Haydn. They watch and discuss a segment of "VH1 Driven: Jamie Foxx," listen to a hymn, and complete a worksheet.
Classics for Kids: Josef Haydn
In this Josef Haydn learning exercise, students read about the composer and his works. Students then respond to a musical instrument question, a word scramble question, and solve a word search.
Composer Scavenger Hunt
Students use a database to research a composer of their choice. They complete a composer scavenger hunt and complete a worksheet. They listen to their music as well.
The History of Rock and Roll: Parts 1, 6, 8, and 10 - Lesson 2
Students watch a VH-1 video on the history of Rock and Roll. They discuss the technological advancements in music and broadcast medium over the decades.
The Enlightenment Spreads: CH 22
Explore the Enlightenment period through literature, music, and autocratic rule. Each slide contains basic information on major Baroque, Classical, and political figures contemporary to the late 1700's and early 1800's. Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Frederick II, Joseph II, and Catherine II are all mentioned.
Concert Band Lesson
Students listen to "String Quartet no. 3 in C Major" by Haydn and describe what they think of the piece or of what the music reminds them discussing characteristics. They then practice breathing exercises, practice the C, F, B flat, A flat scales and work on "Antiquitus" dynamics.
Humor and Iconicity in Classical Music
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.
Making Connections: Art and Music History
Two areas of the arts are addressed in this series of terrific lessons. Sixth graders look at artistic styles and create pieces of art that represent each period. The music lessons focus on the same time periods. Learners listen to, and compare works from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic time periods. This 21-page plan has everything you need embedded in it to allow you to successfully implement the lessons with your young art lovers.
Beethoven Manuscript Sold at Auction
Young scholars react to a series of statements about Beethoven, then read a news article about the sale of a 179-year-old manuscript by the musical genius. For this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
Students discuss style and characteristics of musical time periods as well as the definition of "pop culture." They compare and contrast modern-day popular icons to music icons throughout history. This lesson requires a video, which is not included.
An Early African Community: People of S.A.
Pupils research African communities. In this research lesson plan, students use the library tools to answer questions about communities in Africa.
The Classical Period
Sixth graders are introduced to the classical period in music history. After listening to examples, they identify and describe the characteristics of music during this time period and research the main composers. Using the internet, they discover how the harpsichord evolved into the piano.
Comparison/Contrast Composer Study
Students choose two composers to research and complete a compare and contrast study of them. For this composer research lesson, students select two composers to research. Students use Internet sources, the library, and music class resources to complete their research and comparison.
Lines & Spaces; Another Round
Fourth graders recall the letter names of the notes of the C-major scale and identify the names of the C-major scale. They identify the names of the lines and spaces on a music staff. They sing rounds.
Romantic Period in Music, Art, and Literature
“Romanticism aims at enlarging experience by exploring the real.” This excerpt from Jacques Barzun’s From Dawn to Decadence introduces a PowerPoint that examines the characteristics of and the major figures in music, art, and literature created during the Romantic Age.
Johann Sebastian Bach
In this music history activity, students read and analyze an article on Johann Sebastian Bach and then answer twelve comprehension questions about the composer.
Beethoven: Reading Across the Curriculum
Fifth graders study the life and music of Ludwig von Beethoven by reading informational texts. In this music history lesson, 5th graders use music notation, geographic maps, listening maps, organizational diagrams, and time lines as informational texts to learn about Ludwig von Beethoven.