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Today is our first lesson from the March playlist. Head here for all the details!
Ludwig loved nature, and he was known for taking long walks in the countryside. Symphony #6 (which came to be known as his “Pastoral Symphony” – also spelled Pastorale if you’re fancy) depicts elements of nature through music.
The Storm movement is particularly fun for kids because it is easy for them to observe the change between the storm and the moment when the sun come out.
Let me show you. Go straight to the 29:20 mark for the storm section. At 32:20 the music shifts perceptibly. I’m giving you this little hint but see if they hear it on their own:
This piece is ripe for Musical Sketching. I did this back in the fall with my students, and one of them drew this. Without any knowledge whatsoever as to the content of the piece! (If you use this video, be mindful the visuals give away the story.)
Beethoven’s Storm is also great for subject integration. Let’s see how we can work it into what you are already teaching…
Integration Ideas for Every Stage:
Classical music studied in isolation can be a little abstract. I love to find ways to integrate the music into other subjects to make it come alive. Because I teach in a Classical School, my ideas are loosely based on the trivium. Here are a few ideas for incorporating Beethoven’s Storm into other parts of your school day.
And, of course, you’ll want to have the music playing in the background while you work…
- Pre-school // Talk about all the different types of weather and how they are different. Supplement with great picture books – try this one, this one, or this one.
- Early Education // Create a 10-day weather journal. Look at the 10-day forecast for your city and note all the projected details: high/low temperatures, chance of rain, etc. Over the next 10 days, write notes about what actually happens. Compare to what was predicted.
- Middle Grades // Study all the different types of clouds. Check the clouds outside every day for a week and note how many different types you see. Use this resource to get you started.
- Middle and High School // Try this experiment!
I hope you enjoy Beethoven’s Storm Movement. Use his entire Symphony#6 as your schoolwork background and infuse your home with great music!
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