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Mozart

Quick Links Born in Austria At young age, traveled through Europe with his sister giving concerts Considered to be one of the world’s greatest composers because of his genius, considered a child prodigy Last opera = The Magic Flute Opera uses …

Bach

Quick Facts Born in Germany Baroque Period Musical family Played violin, harpsichord, organ & piano Harpsichord – feather quills plucking strings Organ – air goes through pipes Both parents died when he was 9 & 10 Wrote new music for …

Peer Gynt

by Edvard Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King Listening Map   Morning Mood Listening Map   Puppet DVD Book See also composers dynamics resources In the Hall – digital recording download Morning Mood – digital recording download Video …

Bubbles

I use the term: “bubbles” to describe when students use personal space. We pretend to turn on our bubbles around our bodies by snapping above our heads. When I play music or sing, students may move around the room with …

Word Searches

Word Searches Peter and the Wolf Bach Careers in Music (below) Christmas Handel Hanukkah Jazz Mozart: Magic Flute Music vocabulary (below) Nutcracker Rhythm (below) Sousa Orchestra: Strings Music Genres (below) See also Composers Holidays Nutcracker Orchestra resources Extras for Plus Members …

Hallelujah Chorus & Handel

I enjoy teaching the Hallelujah Chorus to 5th graders around Christmastime – because they hear it in public places, movies, etc. during the holidays. We look at the Hallelujah Chorus listening map (see below), learn some facts about Handel and SATB choral parts, …

Nutcracker-2nd grade

(Here’s the 1st grade lesson.) Assessment I review the story with the 2nd graders by showing them a PowerPoint (photos are from the internet) and playing key pieces from the ballet. Then, I focus on four pieces, which the students have …

March: Music in our Schools Month

I don’t teach a lot about composers – because I feel it’s mostly lecturing, and I want the students to experience music more than learn about music. However, I know there is a time to learn about the great composers …

Invented (Homemade) Instruments

This unit is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, it’s the only unit I have taught every single year of my career. Lessons preceding this Unit: Orchestra Review & Ethnomusicology Lesson 1 Explain the Invented Instrument assignment and show …

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