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Music appreciation lessons can use modern phenomena like "Twilight" to motivate students.
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.
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.
Fourth graders, using excerpts from Smetana's 'The Moldau', explore musical description and use pictures to represent musical 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.
Young scholars, using excerpts from Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, identify meaningful themes in music and consider power of aural symbols.
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.
Students examine theme, tempo, and musical mood through the exploration of 'Flight of the Bumblebee'. They discuss the theme, role-play bees while listening to the music, list title variations, and simulate a variation.
Learners demonstrate the events and feelings of spring through movement. They listen to and discuss Vivaldi's 'Spring,' from The Four Seasons, and act out the events in the music.
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.
Pupils explore the Finale to 'Brandenburg Concerto No. 3' by Bach. They listen to the musical piece, draw a picture while listening, count the beats, and complete a worksheet.
Sixth graders discover the springtime sakura celebration in Japan. In this music appreciation lesson, 6th graders perform the Japanese folk song "Sakura" and write haiku regarding sakura.
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, using excerpts from Strauss's 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', develop listening skills by using a 'music map' to identify musical events.
Young scholars 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, using excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Flight of the Bumblebee', explore 'bee havior' and link habits of bees to the musical selection
Designed for a music appreciation course, here's a presentation that would also work well with high school humanities classes. Slides present the major composers, detail the characteristic of Romantic music (expressive tone color, colorful harmonies, expanded dynamics, etc.) and present a list of illustrative works. The resource list alone is worth a look.

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