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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.

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 as well as on Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Each set of lesson plans focuses on an individual classical music composer and a selected piece of music.

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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Variations on “Ah, je dirais-vous maman”

GRADES K-2
OVERVIEW: 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.

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

GRADES 3-5
OVERVIEW: 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.

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

FRANZ JOSEF HAYDN
Symphony No. 94 in C Major “Surprise,” Second Movement

GRADES K-2
OVERVIEW: Over the three lessons, the concept areas of Rhythm, Melody, Form, Expressive Qualities and Harmony are used. Skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Playing Instruments and Creating (including Reading and Writing).

INTRODUCTION
1. Soft and Loud
2. Ti-Ti and Ta
3. Dance and Play

GRADES 3-5
OVERVIEW: Over the three lessons, all six of the concept areas of Rhythm, Melody, Form, Timbre, Expressive Qualities and Harmony are used. Skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Playing Instruments, Creating (including Reading and Writing Music) and Relating music to other subject areas.

INTRODUCTION
1. Theme and Variations Form
2. Form and Composition
3. Harmony, Haydn, and History

ZOLTÁN KODÁLY
“Viennese Musical Clock” from the Háry János Suite

GRADES K-2
OVERVIEW: Over the three lessons, the Concept Areas of Rhythm, Melody, Form and Harmony are used. Skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Playing Instruments and Creating.

INTRODUCTION
1. Move to the Beat
2. Sol-Mi-La
3. Bordun (Drone Accompaniment)

GRADES 3-5
OVERVIEW: Over the three lessons, the Concept Areas of Rhythm, Melody, Form and Timbre are used. Skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Playing Instruments and Creating (including Reading and Writing music).

INTRODUCTION
1. Rondo Form
2. Rondo Form and Composition
3. History and Machines

GIOACHINO ROSSINI
William Tell Overture: Finale

GRADES K-2
OVERVIEW: Over the three lessons, the Concept Areas of Rhythm, Melody, Expressive Qualities and Tone Color are used. Skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Playing Instruments, Creating and Relating music to other subject areas such as history and literature.

INTRODUCTION
1. Soft, Slow and SmoothBeat
2. Loud or Soft, Fast, and Separated
3. Listen, Move, Play
4. Sing an Opera!

GRADES 3-5
OVERVIEW: Over the three lessons, all six of the Concept Areas of Rhythm, Melody, Form, Timbre, Expressive Qualities and Harmony are used. Skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Playing Instruments and Relating music to other subject areas.

INTRODUCTION
1. Meter and Conducting
2. Form, Rhythm and Melody
3. Harmony and History

The plans were written by Dr. Kay Edwards, Professor of Music Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Dr. Edwards earned her bachelor of music degree from Ohio University and both a master of music and a doctor of musical arts in general music from Arizona State University. She has taught at Oberlin Conservatory, UNC-Greensboro and in public schools over the past 20 years and is a specialist in early childhood/elementary general music with special training in Orff, Kodály and Dalcroze.

 

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