DVD

Composer Books & DVDs

Books These are some of my favorite composer books. This is a non-traditional version of composer biographies. You won’t be able to put it down! And these books are just adorable! They are chock-full of great biographical information, and there are …

Peter and the Wolf

by Sergei Prokofiev Recording of instruments / character themes Narrated by Lina Prokofiev – Amazon  |  iTunes Narrated by Sir John Gielgud – Amazon  |  iTunes Narrated by Leonard Bernstein – Amazon  |  iTunes These excerpts aren’t solos, but the instrument/character is …

Orchestra Listening Examples

Recordings Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – Amazon |  iTunes Instruments of the Orchestra: Jeremy Siepmann – Amazon Reich: The Four Sections – Amazon  |  iTunes Guess which instrument / family you hear – YouTube These books come with CDs …

Orchestra – Kindergarten

In Kindergarten, I expose them to orchestra instruments, but do not officially assess them. For instance, when we listen to music, we sometimes name instruments we hear or we act them out. When learning the opposites, such as high/low, fast/slow, …

The Tortoise and the Hare

This is a great story to demonstrate fast and slow. Books        DVD   After listening/watching a version or two, have the students pretend to be either a tortoise or hare while listening to slow or fast music …

The Music Man – musicals

  In 4th grade, I show the students The Music Man. (My favorite is the 1962 version.) First, we discuss musicals, what makes them different from a regular movie or play. Then, we learn the songs: Pick a Little Talk …

Land of the Silver Birch

Lyrics Land of the silver birch, Home of the beaver, Where still the mighty moose wanders at will. Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more. Boom di dee boom boom, Boom di dee boom boom, Boom di …

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 …

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Info This song is perfect example of why folk songs can be powerful. Singing this song and learning about why this song was sung can be like going back in time. I start my Spirituals/Melody unit with this song. I …

Scroll to Top