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In the classroom, classical music can be an exciting learning tool. Music not only has the power to stimulate the mind, enrich the heart and soothe the soul; it can also help you meet educational objectives and learning outcomes.

The following Classics for Kids® lesson plans provide practical, effective activities for grades K-5 to help you teach the basics of music to your students. Portions of the lessons can also be used by classroom teachers. They are based on national and state standards, Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Critical Thinking skills based on Bloom's Taxonomy. Each set of three lesson plans focuses on an individual classical music composer and a selected piece of music.

Here's are the lesson plans you'll find in this section:

Symphony No. 5 – first movement
AARON COPLAND "Hoedown", from Rodeo
Edvard Grieg "In the Hall of the Mountain King", from Peer Gynt
FRANZ JOSEF HAYDN Symphony No. 94 in C Major "Surprise," Second Movement
New! GUSTAV HOLST ("Jupiter" from The Planets)
"Viennese Musical Clock" from the Háry János Suite
Variations on "Ah, je dirais-vous maman"
MODEST MUSSORGSKY "Promenade" from Pictures at an Exhibition
("Troika": from Lt. Kijé Suite)
SERGEI PROKOFIEV (Peter and the Wolf)
Flight of the Bumblebee
"Finale" from William Tell Overture
ROBERT SCHUMANN "The Happy Farmer" from Album for the Young
IGOR STRAVINSKY "Infernal Dance" from The Firebird
"Spring" from The Four Seasons
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The lesson plans were written by Dr. Kay Edwards, Professor and Chair of Music Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Dr. Edwards earned both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in general music from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music from Ohio University. She has been an active clinician and author in the areas of elementary general music, guided listening, and multicultural music education for more than 15 years at the university level and has 10 years experience as an elementary general music teacher. In addition to Orff Level III certification, she has special training in Kodály and Dalcroze pedagogies.

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