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Antonio Vivaldi
"Spring" from The Four Seasons
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GRADES K-2 OVERVIEW
OVERVIEW:
Over the 3 lessons, the Concept Areas of Rhythm (Tempo and Patterns), Melody, Form, Expression, and Tone Color/Timbre are used. Skills developed over the 3 lessons are Singing, Moving, Listening, Performing, Evaluating, Creating, and Relating music to other subject areas such as science, history, and literature (poetry).

Introduction:
1. Tap and Play Along (to the Beat of "Spring")
2. A Blooming Story
3. Play and Tell "A Blooming Story"

 

GRADES 3-6 OVERVIEW
OVERVIEW:
Over the 3 lessons, the Concept Areas of Rhythm (Tempo and Patterns), Melody, Form, Expression, and Tone Color/Timbre are used. Skills developed over the 3 lessons are Singing, Moving, Listening, Performing, Evaluating, Creating, and Relating music to other subject areas such as science, history, and literature (poetry).

Introduction:
1. Poetry and Music: Tap to the Beat and Form
2. Play the Bass Line to Accompany a Theme
3. Comparing Different Versions: Instrumentation and Interpretation

 
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.
Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
Spring


Composed in 1723
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor
Takako Nishizaki, violin
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