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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Variations on "Ah, je dirais-vous maman"
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Over the three lessons, the Concept Areas of Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Form, and Tone Color are used. Skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Playing Instruments, Creating, and Analyzing/Relating music to other subject areas such as history and literature.

1. Move to the Music of Mozart
2. Melody and Harmony
3. Moving to Mozart's Variations


Over the three lessons, all six of the concept areas of Rhythm, Melody, Form, Timbre/Tone Color, and Harmony are used (also Style, as a combination of several of these). Skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Playing Instruments, Creating, and Relating music to other subject areas.

1. Introduction to Theme and Variations 
2. Create and Play Theme and Variations
3. History and Mozart's Variations

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.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, maman"

Composed in 1781
Performed by
Francesco Nicolosi, piano
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