Music Appreciation Teacher Resources
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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 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.
Sixth graders discover the springtime sakura celebration in Japan. For this music appreciation lesson, 6th graders perform the Japanese folk song "Sakura" and write haiku regarding sakura.
Music appreciation lessons can use modern phenomena like "Twilight" to motivate students.
Students 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.
Young scholars, 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.
Learners, using excerpts from Bach's 'The Hunting Catata', examine the folk traditions of singing lullabies.
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.
Students, using excerpts from Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, identify meaningful themes in music and consider power of aural symbols.
Students listen to music from Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance. They participate in a mock graduation in which they share their greatest accomplishment.
Students, 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 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.
Upper graders having skills in music performance will extend their abilities through creative musical composition. They'll use Finale 2000 to explore facets of music composition, they'll then compose a piece for their instrument in C, F, or G major or relative minor keys. This lesson is intended for proficient musicians, not beginners.
Quiz your class on the wonders of African music. There are approximately 25 questions broken into five sections, each section focuses on a different aspect of music applied to African music elements. Quiz topics include African music, the Hatsiatsa, general knowledge, instruments, and listening. Great structure for a musical appreciation quiz.
Students identify textures in music. In this music appreciation lesson, students listen to a variety of classical music pieces and identify components of musical textures including monophony, homophony, polyphony, and heterophony.
In this music appreciation learning exercise, students listen to Marche Militaire by Franz Shubert. Students read about the composer and the piece and complete a one page activity sheet about the music.