Upper Elementary Classroom Resources

These videos were created to assist both music specialists and classroom teachers in preparing students for the concert experience. Your role is an integral factor in the difference between students having a nice experience or a transformative learning experience by incorporating some of these prompts to prepare your students prior to the concert. Hearing the music before the concert allows the students to feel a sense of ownership and familiarity when they listen to this music live at Jones Hall.

These videos were designed to play for the students in the classroom as an introduction to an instrument, musicians who they will see performing on stage at the Upper Elementary Concert, and to provide insight into one of the pieces they will hear at the concert. Each of these videos include an active listening prompt.

After watching each musician video, play a recording of the piece the musician introduced linked underneath and have the students respond either in writing, through art work or in a class discussion. 

Community-Embedded Musician Hellen Weberpal introduces the cello and Smetana's The Moldau

After watching Hellen's video, play Smetana's The Moldau from the beginning through minute 3:36.

While listening to the video: ask the students what kinds of scenes around the river the music makes them think of. Nobody is wrong!

 


 

Community-Embedded Musician Anthony Parce introduces the viola and  Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, movement 4

After watching Tony's video, follow up by listening to Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, mvt 4! 

While listening: raise your hand when you hear the melody that places an accent on beat two (instead of beat 1) that Tony demonstrated during the video. Play around with this idea that Beethoven demonstrated through music with a sentence. How can you make the meaning of a sentence change by putting emphasis on different words? Try using the sentence "I never said she stole my money." How does placing emphasist on different words change the sentence, and how is that similar to the tricks Beethoven plays in this music?

 


 

Community-Embedded Musician David Connor introduces the double bass and Verdi's La forza del destino 

After watching Dave's video, play Verdi's Overture to La forza del destino


While watching the video: listen for phrases played and then passed to different instruments. Think about how these repeated phrases become more exciting or interesting when they are passed to different instruments or sections. After listening, discuss other types of things (sports, stories, games, etc) that change whenever there are different people added doing the same thing at different times.

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