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Robert Schumann
"The Happy Farmer" from Album for the Young
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Students will listen to music that expresses a particular occupation. Students will analyze the form of music, build upon the ability; and move to fit the steady beat and form.

The lessons for Schumann's "The Happy Farmer" for grades K–4 are:
Lesson #1: Figuring out the Form
Lesson #2: Moving to the Steady Beat and Form
Lesson #3: Tapping and "Reading" the Steady Beat

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.
Robert Schumann
Album for the Young
The Happy Farmer

Composed in 1848
Performed by
Rico Gulda, piano
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