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Musical Families

For Teachers K - 5th
Planning a trip to the symphony? Prepare first-time attendees for the experience with overheads that identify the roles played by the concertmaster, conductor, musicians, and even the audience. The musical families are introduced and...
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The City Symphony- The Original Reality Show

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students discuss the purpose of city symphonies that were used in the past. In groups, they compare and contrast the social systems of a school and city to create their own city symphony video together. They also write what is known as...
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Symphony No. 6

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students describe music in terms related to basic elements such as melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, timbre, form and style. Then they identify who Tchaikovsky was as well as his famous works. Students also identify the main theme on...
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"Humor" Afro-American Symphony (Third Movement)

For Students 3rd - 5th
A fun way for young learners to explore music and their personal reaction to it, this worksheet includes a short reading passage about musician William Grant Still, a word scramble, a matching activity and two short writing prompts. Some...
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Hero or Tyrant: Connecting Beethoven’s Third Symphony to Napoleon, Part Two

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Was Napoleon a tyrant or a hero? Answers could vary depending on the political point of view. Learners listen to Beethoven's Symphony #3 while considering Napoleon's undemocratic tyranny. They listen to the piece in five parts, each time...
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Lesson Plan for Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, Mvt. I "Italian" (1833)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners study the life and musical compositions of German composer, Felix Mendelssohn. They listen to and analyze 'Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, Mvt. I' describing how the mood of the composition is reflected in key, tempo and rhythm.
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The Ultimate Instrument!

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders identify the four instrument families of the symphony orchestra. They listen to the instruments and compare the similarities and differences of each of the four families. They design and create an instrument that belongs to...
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Hero or Tyrant: Connecting Beethoven’s Third Symphony to Napoleon, Part One

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The second and third movements of the Eroica, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, provides listeners with an opportunity to connect to French Revolution and to Napoleon Bonaparte. As they listen to the music, individuals draw what their ears...
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Introduction to Music: Symphony

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Expose young elementary students to the works of one of the greatest musical composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. Using three progressive lesson plans to complete the unit, class members are able to distinguish low and high sounds, count the...
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Beethoven's Sixth Symphony and the Expression of Feeling through the Arts

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Here is an activity used originally to finish off a unit on country life and nature. It requires learners to have a basic understanding of harvest, rural life, and autumn. They'll use what they know to construct dance movements showing...
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A Level Notes: the Symphony Explanation Worksheet

For Students 5th - 7th
In this music worksheet, students read a short explanation of the symphony as a musical form for a large body of instruments before reading about the four major sections. They use a chart at the bottom of the second page but there are no...
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Respecting the Differences of Others

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders discover the importance of respecting the differences of people around the world in different situations in order to avoid conflict and promote peace. Students compare the sounds of a symphony and the instruments creating...
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The Elements of Music—How do Composers Plan?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The introduction to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and the finale of his Symphony No. 4 provide young musicians with an opportunity to investigate the music elements composers employ to develop the themes they want to create. They compare the...
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Symphony No. 8 in F Major by Ludwig van Beethoven

For Students 5th - 6th
In this classical music appreciation activity, students listen to a recording of Symphony No.8 in F Major by Ludwig van Beethoven. Students read about the composer and the structure of the piece. Students answer 10 questions.
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Teaching the Instruments of the Orchestra to Young Students using the San Francisco Symphony Kids’ Website

For Teachers 1st
Using the San Francisco Children's Orchestra web site, first graders build listening and instrument identification skills. Each child wears head phones, listens to ID, and finds various instruments on the included worksheet. 
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Beethoven Manuscript Sold at Auction

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Learners react to a series of statements about Beethoven, then read a news article about the sale of a 179-year-old manuscript by the musical genius. In this current events lesson plan, the teacher introduces the article with a...
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Spring Symphony In The Meadow

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Using animation and music, the spring season in a meadow is explored. There are animated creatures, a downpour of rain and more.
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Hearing Harmony: What is Harmony?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Young musicians learn how to train their ears to hear the harmony of various types of musical compositions. They listen to monophonic music, chants, excerpts from symphonies, and concertos to develop an understanding of harmonic structure.
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The Music of Other Cultures

For Teachers 7th
Make your class musically and culturally literate. They'll listen to and discuss three types of music styles indicative of three different cultures. They'll identify characteristics and instruments used in western, traditional, and...
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Haunting Music

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students discover music that was inspired by the spooky and bizarre. In this music of Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saens lesson, students identify elements of music and listen to the Symphonie Fantastique and Danse Macabre. Students...
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Animals Matter

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore philanthropy. In this character education lesson plan, students define and give examples of philanthropy. Students listen to the story A Symphony of Whales and describe how the characters helped the whales. Students...
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Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners review vocabulary words and look at a piece of art work with one subject and play any or all of the familiar musical examples listed. They then identify the melody of each example and make a comparison between the art subject...
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Rhythm, Patterns, Color and Texture in Art and Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Explore rhythm, patterns, color and texture in art and poetry. In this poetry lesson, students perform a class symphony and note the elements they experience. Students work in small groups to create a visual art piece that relates the...
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify what Tchaikovsky's personality was like and what kind of school he attended first. Then they identify and research what was happening in Russian politics during his lifetime. Students also identify who the composer was...

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