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The 20% of Beethoven
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Understanding that musical themes are the same even if they are played in different styles can help students understand that numbers maintain their same value even if they appear in different forms.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Scott Nielson
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Aaron Copland: Billy the Kid
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This integrated lesson, focusing on United States History, incorporates learning about the Wild West and the western outlaw Billy the Kid through the music of Aaron Copland. The lesson provides musical reflection and each movement of Copland’s ballet Billy the Kid work and opportunity to experience deep listening for the elements of Dynamics, Articulation, Rhythm and Tempo (DART).

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Gail Claus
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Aaron Copland Meets the Old West
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Students learn how classical music and art combine to make an exciting tool for creative write and art expression. Students will develop the skill to write more expressively using descriptive words and phrases such as adjectives, adverbs, metaphors, and similes in order to make their writing come alive, and be more visual and engaging.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Maria Cruz
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Aaron Copland in the Heartland
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Students will listen to Copland's Appalachian Spring while listening to a reading of Heartland by Diane Siebert. They will then write their own poems and create accompanying artwork.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Laura Knapp
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring: A Myth is Born
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This lesson will contrast Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring (classical) and Stephane Furic's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (jazz), and the role the poems Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman and The Bridge by Hart Crane, bring to the music.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Gail Clause
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Adding Music to Oklahoma History
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Students will use the San Francisco Symphony's Kids website to choose music that supports the events and people associated with the history of Oklahoma, such as Native Americans explorers and exploration; Civil War; Trail of Tears; Land Run; and farmers, and ranchers. Students will write two or three sentences to explain and support their selection of music. In small groups, students will create a statue or tableau depicting one of the events. Students will perform a tableau for the class with their musical selection as a background.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Tammy Chapman
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Admirable Armonica Admirers
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Students will discover how the love of music connected two important figures in world history: Benjamin Franklin, an American founding father, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an Austrian composer. Additionally, students will begin to understand pitch, and how each note is calibrated to create its own unique sound.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Mary Alice Hillman
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Adventures in Tempo
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Students will discover the differences in musical tempo between fast and slow. Students will learn to use the
correct musical terms to describe the tempo of each piece. Students will use streamers and their bodies to
show at what tempo each piece is played.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Carmen Cobler
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Adventures in Treble Clef
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Students will discover how to read music notes in the treble clef and then will learn to perform simple songs on
xylophones, through reading the story Freddy the Frog and the Thump in the Night by Sharon Burch.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Carmen Cobler
Date Added:
02/26/2019
An African Safari into Creativity
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Students will assign an orchestral instrument to an African animal, using characteristics which
they have in common. The students will write a cinquain poem and create a poster (collage) with their
African animal as the theme.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Janet Rowland
Date Added:
02/26/2019
American Civil War Songs
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Students will be able to compare and contrast two songs from the Civil War. Through a storyboard, students will be able to read and write information from different research sources to support their findings.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Pat Miller
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The American Five - Pentatonic scales in early American melodies
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Students will learn to recognize a five-tone scale. Students will sing or perform known American folksongs together in class. Advanced students will be able to identify all five pitches and even discern the actual pentatonic scale being used.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Michael Ogdon
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Animal Poetry
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Students will generate descriptive language of several animals (with special focus on verbs), culminating in the writing of a poem about the animal of their choice. Use Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals as a stimulus prompt.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Jessica Grant
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Arcimboldo & Vivaldi & Healthy Foods Collage
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Students will learn about Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, his mannerist style, and his four paintings named after the four seasons. Students will learn about the food groups and the four seasons. Students will learn about Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi and his compositions named after the four seasons.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Laurie Burghardt
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Ballad for Americans
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Students will recognize that American music is diverse as it relates to culture, history and style. Students
may also work with digital media to accompany their performance piece.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Claudia Rhymes
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Beethoven's Barometer
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This lesson develops students' ability to hear subtle dynamic levels in orchestral music, and to recognize
sudden and gradual differences. They will use their collective perception to make relative aural judgments
about levels and changes. Data will be recorded on a bar graph marking real time and 6 dynamic levels
roughly equivalent to 6 primary markings of standard dynamics: pp to ff.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Leah Nellis
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Beethoven's Sixth Symphony:Pastoral
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Students discover how music can create a visual image in one"™s mind as they listen to Beethoven"™s Sixth Symphony "“ Pastoral. As the image takes shape, the students create a visual representation of their image to include the aspects of nature which Beethoven included in this wonderful composition.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Sonja Rivera
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Beethoven's Sixth Symphony and the Expression of Feeling through the Arts
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By listening to the words of Beethoven, students will become familiar with Beethoven's feelings about being out in nature and his desire to express these feelings through his Symphony No. 6, rather than create images of pastoral life. Students will explore and identify images of the countryside and feelings about the countryside, and note the difference. Students will identify and explore the range of possible feelings one may have when in the countryside. Students will respond to Beethoven's music and feelings about the countryside through creative movement.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Kathleen Helleskov
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Beethoven's Thoughts
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Students write a descriptive essay explaining their thoughts and feelings while listening to Beethoven"™s 5th Symphony, learning how to describe the musical elements that cause them to feel this way, and transpose these feelings into a watercolor art piece. The students will present their essay and art work orally, and act out their responses during a physical education exercise.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Sherrie Matic
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Bong! Diddle! Crash! Musical Onomatopoeias
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Students will learn about dynamics, tempo, acoustics and instruments in the music of Charles Ives. Students will be introduced to and learn about the literary term onomatopoeia, and how they can relate it to the sounds of Ives' music. Making the connection between literacy and music, students will create their own musical onomatopoeias using various media, such as water color, tempera paint, crayons, magazine text and markers.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Julie Silva
Date Added:
02/26/2019
By the Great Horn Spoon!
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Students will complete two language arts activities for this lesson. In the first activity, students use folk
songs from the era of the California Gold Rush, which are introduced in the early chapters of By the Great
Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleishman, to identify folk song motifs in the classical music of Antonín Dvořák. This
will be explored by the students' creation of a labeled line drawing of one of Dvořák 's compositions. In the second activity, students will write a letter to Dvořák from the point of view of Master Jack, a character in Fleishman"™s novel, inviting Dvořák to continue his American tour into the gold fields of California for
musical inspiration.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Carolyn Roberts
Date Added:
02/26/2019
A Carnival of Animals and Children
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This lesson is designed to teach positional, directional and spatial skills, social skills, large motor skills, creative skills, and oral vocabulary using the "Aquarium" movement from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint- Saëns. The lesson is designed specifically to teach early childhood developmentally delayed students but can the challenge can easily be increased to make it appropriate for older grades or ELL classes.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Kathy Davis
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Cartooning Stravinsky
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With a little help by Stravinsky, students understand music evokes mood, emotion
and feeling. In the process, students develop critical listening and thinking skills, and illustrate through
cartooning what they believe is expressed in selections of Rite of Spring.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Denise Stover
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Chemistry of Fireworks
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Students will listen to Music for the Royal Fireworks by George Frideric Handel (commissioned to celebrate the signed Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1749) and design a virtual fireworks display to accompany the music. Students will learn that the specific colors in a firework display are created when atoms of a particular element or a combination of elements are energized by the firework's heat. They will learn that the shape of the firework display is determined by the shape and structure of one particular component inside the firework shell. They will discover that each component of a firework has a role in the timing, sound, and visual display that make up a firework, and how to coordinate the fireworks display with a musical tract.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Jana Jean
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Classical Stories: Bach
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Students are introduced to Johann Sebastian Bach"™s music through short deep listening exercises and
optional integrated language arts activity.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Anita Ullner
Date Added:
02/26/2019
"Cmon- Feel the Noise!
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How does someone who is deaf enjoy music? Can they hear it? Can they make it? Through exploring the life and music of Evelyn Glennie, students will understand that music is sound produced by vibrations. This understanding will allow them to create their own instrument out of objects and compose a musical score for presentation.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Heidi Doyle
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Communication: Learning the Basics through Music
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This lesson introduces basic communication skills by asking the following questions: "What does communication mean? What do good communicators do? Selections from Fanfare for the Common Man Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland and Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns will help us define musical terms and discover the answers to our questions.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Susan Power
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Communities: Orchestral Communities, Personal Communities
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Students will be able to relate the similarities and differences experienced by orchestra members and students of a first grade class as connected to the idea of the interdependence within a community. They will recognize that as members of a classroom community there are expectations for jobs, behavior, and intrinsic motivation to function to the best of the individual's ability. They will understand that a community within an orchestra has a similar construct to a classroom in that it is led by a conductor and that each person plays an important role within the playing of a piece, practicing their individual part, and colleague support.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Jeff McQueen
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Compare and Contrast Composers
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Students will create a visual representation of what they think about, or feel from the music of Copland and Stravinsky. After reading books from the series Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers, students will use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two composers, their music, and the time period in which they lived.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Stephanie LaPlante
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Compare and Contrast Movements of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3
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Students will reinforce skills of comparing and contrasting pieces of music and writing, practice musical vocabulary while listening to, learning about and analyzing the movements of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Valerie Danels
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Composing the Canyon
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Students will create five artistic representations illustrating the five movements by Grofe's symphonic composition The Grand Canyon Suite. Students will be able to analyze and form generalizations about the interdependence of the art elements such as: color, texture, form, line, and space. Students will enhance their own emotional and cognitive development as a result of the classical music by translating this experience through creative expression.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Sara Stahl
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Composition in Letter and Song: Ode to Beethoven
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Students will be able to demonstrate the following: knowledge of Beethoven's life and music through a letter writing experience, understanding of musical terminology and vocabulary through listening and analysis of several Beethoven listening activities, and knowledge and understanding of how to compose a simple song.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Sonya Fergeson
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Cooperating Families, Cooperating Classrooms
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To accomplish goals, members of families must cooperate, just as members of the orchestra must cooperate to create beautiful music. Similarly, students in a classroom have similar constructs; everyone must do their best for themselves as well as for the good of the whole. This lesson helps students understand that an orchestra, a family, and a classroom must work together to accomplish great things.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Diane Immethun
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Copland: Life Then and Now
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Copland, an American maverick, becomes a storyteller as he writes about life in the early years of America. His Appalachian Spring helps students understand how people, places and things change over time, while his musical sketch reinforces the six traits of writing.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Bonnie Redfern
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Copland and Ellington
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Why do two composers from the same period of history compose different music? Students will gain an understanding of how culture and history influences music as they analyze and compare the music of Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington, and learn how these composers used special sounds to enhance their music.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Sherrie Matic
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Creating with Tempo and Dynamics
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This lesson uses Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid as a stimulus for creative thinking. The students will listen to Copland's Billy the Kid, listening for changes in tempo and dynamics. Then the students will create an abstract painting, and describe the tempo and dynamics they heard in a written composition.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Janet Rowland
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Dear Mr. Copland and Mr. Ellington
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After gaining familiarity with the lives and music of Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington, students are asked to write a letter to these composers, expressing an understanding of how the history and culture of one"™s life can be reflected in a composer"™s music. Students also create a bio-poem to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the composer"™s thoughts and feelings about his life and music.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Sonja Rivera
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Does the Music Add Up?
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Students are introduced to equivalent fractions. Then, students make and use equivalent fraction/musical note tablets to assist them in adding fractions with like and unlike denominators

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Alice Pettit
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Duke Ellington and the Nutcracker Suite
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Students will be introduced to the great jazz composer and band leader, Duke Ellington by listening to his re-composed and re-orchestrated version of Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Students will be passively introduced to the music of Duke Ellington with the goal that students recognize similar melodies in his work to those of Tchaikovsky. Students will learn about jazz instruments and connections will be made to literature, social studies, music and writing.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Heidi Aarts Michels
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Earth Art and Vivaldi's Four Seasons
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Students use found objects from nature to explore the elements of art and express the unique quality of a season. In like manner, students learn that musical composers can use the elements of music to express the contrasting moods of each season. Students use such visual aids to enhance the work of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with technology such as I-movie or DVD Maker.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
San Francisco Symphony
Author:
Kathleen Helleskov
Date Added:
02/26/2019