I'm back this week with more ideas to incorporate art music into your lessons. In November, I wrote about Vivaldi's Autumn, and how you can use the piece to teach dynamics, timbre, and form.
Today, I'll be revisiting Vivaldi and focusing on the next season, Winter.
ListeningI think movement in elementary music is vital. However, I also think it's important to teach students how to actively listen, and sometimes this means staying in one spot and focusing on only the music.
It's not easy to listen in modern society with all its distractions. One way to help students with active listening, is by providing them with a guide. SQUILT sheets are one way to do this. You can download a set of SQUILT sheets for free here.
Another way to do this is by giving students something to watch as they listen. Graphical notation is a great way to help students see exactly what's going on in the music.
TimbreThis is a great piece to discuss the string family. Ask students taking private lessons to bring in their instrument and show it to the class. This gives them a chance to share their knowledge. Plus, it's fun to watch the rest of the students "ooh" and "ahh" over a new instrument. The video below is a great one for showing off the violin.
I first read about paper-plate skating several years ago in Clare Eggleston's blog. I remember thinking how inventive and budget-friendly it was. I knew it was something my students would love and it fit perfectly with the winter season.
Pin another one of my other winter-themed lesson ideas to check out later: