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January 2018 Listening Quiz

Start the year off with some great Listening as an Event!  Send your students some links to great masterworks. Give them a couple of weeks to become friends with them. Then, gather together for a listening quiz!  Give bonus points if they can remember the composer, era, and performance styles! Here is a sample quiz:


1.  Brandenberg Concerto No. 5,  allegro


Baroque / J. S. Bach


May 2017 Sonata Allegro Form

Sonata Allegro Form


Sonata Allegro Form             

Many musicians play sonatas. These must be differentiated from sonata allegro form. A sonata is a piece for instruments and derives is name from the Latin, sonare, meaning “to sound”.  The term refers to a piece that is sounded forth by a non-vocal instrument. Cantata refers to a piece that is sung, stemming from the Latin cantare meaning “to sing”.  Sonatas can utilize sonata allegro form.

April 2017 Instrument Families

One of the first steps in teaching students to understand art music and listening is to acquaint them with the unique characteristics and timbres of orchestral instruments and instrumental families. Students can explore each of these instruments on the Classics for Kids website. Easy navigation tools lead them to information, pictures, and sound clips of each instrument. The site also provides other interactive musical activities including games.

February 2017 -- Teaching Young Students about Ensembles

Part of the art of listening stems from an understanding of not only the elements of music, but of the different types of ensembles that make concert music. Choosing fun, short, and exciting pieces that are relevant to the younger student positively introduces them to the sounds different ensembles create, while planting seeds for interest in participating in these very ensembles beginning in the upper elementary years.

 The following links introduce children to Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Percussion Ensemble: