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Lesson Plan for Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, Mvt. I "Italian" (1833)
9th - 12th
Students study the life and musical compositions of German composer, Felix Mendelssohn. They listen to and analyze 'Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, Mvt. I' describing how the mood of the composition is reflected in key, tempo and rhythm.
Hero or Tyrant: Connecting Beethoven’s Third Symphony to Napoleon, Part One
9th - 12th
The second and third movements of the Eroica, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, provides listeners with an opportunity to connect to French Revolution and to Napoleon Bonaparte. As they listen to the music, individuals draw what their ears...
Hero or Tyrant: Connecting Beethoven’s Third Symphony to Napoleon, Part Two
9th - 12th
Was Napoleon a tyrant or a hero? Answers could vary depending on the political point of view. Learners listen to Beethoven's Symphony #3 while considering Napoleon's undemocratic tyranny. They listen to the piece in five parts, each time...
Music Math: Create a Clapping Symphony (Plus Fraction Math)
3rd - 12th
Students read simple music to create a symphony of clapping (all grades). Plus fraction math for grades 5-up. They explain how musical notes relate to fractions and identify a variety of musical notes for example, whole, half, and...
Teaching the Instruments of the Orchestra to Young Students using the San Francisco Symphony Kids’ Website
Using the San Francisco Children's Orchestra web site, first graders build listening and instrument identification skills. Each child wears head phones, listens to ID, and finds various instruments on the included worksheet.
Beethoven's Sixth Symphony and the Expression of Feeling through the Arts
Pre-K - 2nd
Here is an activity used originally to finish off a unit on country life and nature. It requires learners to have a basic understanding of harvest, rural life, and autumn. They'll use what they know to construct dance movements showing...
A Level Notes: the Symphony Explanation Worksheet
5th - 7th
In this music worksheet, students read a short explanation of the symphony as a musical form for a large body of instruments before reading about the four major sections. They use a chart at the bottom of the second page but there are no...
Rhythm, Patterns, Color and Texture in Art and Poetry
6th - 8th
Explore rhythm, patterns, color and texture in art and poetry. In this poetry lesson, students perform a class symphony and note the elements they experience. Students work in small groups to create a visual art piece that relates the...
Researching to Deepen Understanding Grades: Design and Food
11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
How could Beethoven compose such beautiful symphonies if he was deaf? Why do bees pollinate some flowers and skip the others? Teach high schoolers how to research a topic of interest to deepen their knowledge and gain new understanding....
Using Music to Tell a Story or Describe a Scene
9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Young composers demonstrate their understanding of the stylistic features of descriptive music, including pitch, tempo, dynamics, rhythm, and timbre, by developing a melody and countermelody for a main character in a story. As part of...
"The Emperor's New Clothes and Mahler's Ninth Symphony" Writing to Explain, Confidently and Efficiently, Even Physics!
11th - 12th
Students combine their study of physics with their study of best practices when writing to inform. They communicate with experts using e-mail before creating a brochure based on their study of universal gravitation.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
7th - 12th
Upper graders view the animated short, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and analyze how the music score was chosen to express the scene. They create an animation as they listen to a classical recording to experience the connection between...
"Turkish Rondo" From Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
5th - 6th
In this music appreciation learning exercise, students listen to "Turkish Rondo" from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Students read about the composer and the piece. Students follow a "listening map" and...
Melodies and Math: Creating Music with Non-Traditional Instruments
5th - 6th
Review the 4/4 and 2/4 time signatures in music with a helpful music theory lesson plan. Young musicians experiment with electronic sounds and create their own musical performance using instruments made from materials found in the...
Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station: Home to Unsung Heroes
5th - 12th
Students identify why the Federal Government took an active role in protecting mariners by creating the U.S. Lifesaving Service. Students explain the nature of duty in the U.S.L.S.S., including the daily routine and rescue activities....
Lesson Plan for Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
9th - 12th
Young scholars study the music of Russian composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. They compare the sounds individual instruments make. They listen to and study the story of "Scheherazade" and compare it to other pieces that also portray a...
West Side Story Suite and In The Night Fancy Free
8th - 12th
West Side Story and Romeo & Juliet—two classics in their own rights that help young literature lovers better analyze different works. Learners research and compare the characters and story elements of West Side Story and Romeo &...
Student Opinion: Do You Spend Too Much Time on Smart Phones Playing 'Stupid Games'?
7th - 12th
This versatile resource from The New York Times website provides a short opinion piece on smart phones and the amount of time we spend playing games on them as well as several possible writing prompts pupils could consider in response to...
THE TRAVELS OF BABAR: An Adventure in Scale : The Instruments of the Orchestra
1st - 3rd
Students classify the classes of instruments of the orchestra: strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. They aurally and visually identify the instruments of the orchestra. Students become actively engaged in live performances by...