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Kathleen Echols, Kenneth Ellerbee Lesson Plan for Cycle - April 13, 2010 Beethoven - His Symphonies and Stories Materials: - Classical/Romantic Packet - Recordings of Beethoven’s 5th and 6th Symphonies Grade: 6 Big Idea: Beethoven began a Romantic phenomenon with the idea of program music: music that tells a story. Enduring Understandings: - Music that tells a story (program music) is a Romantic ideal - How we can musically express feelings and ideas through music in the Romantic style Process: Kenneth: - A recording of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is playing. - Raise your hand if you’ve heard this piece before - Keep your hand up if you know who wrote this piece - Keep you hand up if you can tell me the name of the piece - Ludwig van Beethoven Worksheet - Read questions at the bottom so we know what we’re looking for. - Students individually read the passage and answer questions. - Review answers as a class. Kathleen: - List on board ways in which Beethoven was “rebellious” and moved away from Classical music. - 5 movements (Draw boxes on board a la Pastoral Symphony Sheet) - program music (a person walking through the countryside) - much more expressive/romantic (Moonlight Sonata) - less based on harmonies that sounded “right” - including singers - no breaks between mvts (demonstrate with Bumblebee Tuna ends. pause. start again) - Beethoven also revolutionized the status of musicians. What do I mean by status? - Justin Bieber analogy: If Justin Bieber were here, you would not say “Justin, play me a song.” You would be respectful of such a celebrity! - Short story about how Beethoven refused to remove his hat for the Empress (Picture) - The Pastoral Symphony - Drawing arrows between movements that did not stop - Talking through the story: Reflects his love of nature & the countryside - Listening to clips of the movements Kenneth or Kathleen: (One may lead discussion while other is “secretary” on the board as class comes up with ideas). - Mapping our Class Symphony - If we were to write a symphony ourselves that was “programmatic,” meaning telling a story, what might it be about? Beethoven picked nature. What could we pick? - Examples: How about a day in the life of a sixth-grader? A fight between two friends? Gossip? Celebrities? Animals? Seasons? Summer vacation? - Pick a title - Have a vote if there are multiple preferences - Ex: The Sixth-Grade Symphony - “Secretary” writes this in a “bubble” in the middle of the map we will create. - Name our 5 movements. EXTENSION: Next day activity-writing our class symphony movements on instruments in groups.