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Orchestra Listening Examples

Recordings Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – 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 with recordings …

Orchestra – Kindergarten

Lesson ideas 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 …

The Tortoise and the Hare

This is a great story to demonstrate fast and slow. Books & DVD (Click images to link to purchase.) After listening/watching a version or two, have the students pretend to be either a tortoise or hare while listening to slow …

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 a …

Land of the Silver Birch

Lyrics (Canadian folk song) 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 dee boom boom …

Mozart

Poster / Worksheets / Assessment (See downloads at bottom of page.) Quick Facts 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, …

Bach

Poster / Worksheets / Assessment (See downloads at bottom of page.) 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 …

Hallelujah Chorus & Handel

I enjoy teaching the Hallelujah Chorus to 5th graders in December – 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, …

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