Notating Friedrich von Schiller’s Theme to “Ode to Joy.”

To demonstrate their skills with traditional and computer-assisted notation, young musicians notate and perform the first eight measures of Friedrich von Schiller's theme to "Ode to Joy."

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Instructional Ideas

  • After class members have completed the assignment, play several different interpretations of the ode featuring different instruments
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity requires learners to have access to synthesizers and to computers loaded with the trademarked Finale NotePad software
  • The activity assumes individuals have experience using the software
  • The notation software is free
Pros

  • The resource packet includes step-by-step directions, the "Ode to Joy" worksheet, and a rubric for the assignment
Cons

  • None