The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

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Over the course of six lessons, scholars try their hand at composing and dancing after a thorough examination of the famous ballet, The Nutcracker, by Tchaikovsky. Participants watch and discuss the performance of two dances, create and perform rhythm patterns by counting bars, Ternary form, and a waltz. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Locate and assign a link featuring the dances Waltz of the Flowers and the Russian Dance for pupils to watch at home to prepare for the in-class activities that go along with it
  • Record participants' live performances, project them during Open House for families to view 
  • Co-teach with the music teacher and align objectives with those being taught in music class 
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson requires a large open space and musical instruments
  • Both the teacher and pupils should have a background in music
Pros

  • Gives the phonetic spelling to better pronounce Tchaikovsky's full name 
  • Three activities extend the learning experience 
Cons

  • The video is not available in all locations