Playing with the Classics

Classical music - accessible, engaging and fun? That's the premise behind this music appreciation & theory curriculum. It gets students-and the teacher-up and moving and being creative. The key to all lessons is coordinating the sound with the body, the auditory with motor skills. Lesson components include creating a story picture of the music with singing and moving; short activities (playlets) that allow children to sing, move and act; learning about the composer and "reading" the score. Children listen to the music and act out interpretations (at first, initiated by the teacher). For example, together you may act out the busy city life and the honking of the horn portrayed in An American in Paris. Music notation is translated into forms young children can comprehend. So, the "reading" music activities involve writing down a musical "score" which shows what the music does rather than writing traditional musical notes. For example, the rhythms for the first line of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" would be written as a series of 7 dots (one for each syllable) followed by a space. I feel it would be helpful to have some experience listening to and enjoying classical music when teaching this curriculum. However, detailed teacher instructions are throughout. The lessons are written for a classroom, but are equally adaptable in the homeschool environment. Oversized pages (9" x 12") with composer picture pages in the back. Reproducible for one classroom only. Volume 1 (sc, 75 pp) includes a music CD with selections such as The Flight of the Bumblebee, the Ballet of Unhatched Chicks, and the William Tell Overture. Volume 2 (sc, 88 pp) has no CD, but includes a music list so you can download selections or find them at a library. These include The Firebird, Water Music and Winter from The Four Seasons. ~ Ruth




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Grades: PK-3
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