Friday, June 1, 2012

Puppet Show Music!

In Let's Play Music we do puppet shows to classical music! This teaches active listening and mostly the enjoyment of classical music! They are developing their ears and learning the techniqes for Form, Variations, Themes, Dynamics, and Articulations. They will in turn take what they learn and be able to compose great music by the 3rd year! Great Stuff!
So, I'm THRILLED to provide you with a list of great classical pieces that we do not use in class, but that let the imagination soar! Can you make up a story and characters for your favorite one?

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka by Johann Strauss Jr

Themes for Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Superman
In the Hall of the Mountain King also by Edvard Grieg
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
Danse Macabre-Saint-Saens
The Nutcraker Suite-Tchaikovsky
Rondo a la Turk-Mozart
Fledermauss Polka-Strauss
Aquarium-Carnival of the animals Sheherezade
For Christmas - Sleigh Ride
Gustav Holtz...The Planets... Mars, I think, bringer of war
Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Brahms hungarian rhapsodies
Debussy 'Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
"Peter and the Wolf or Sorcerer's Apprentice which actually ARE tone poems, but don't leave too much to the imagination...
Berlioz's March to the Scaffold
Want to be macabre?  Bach's tocatta and fugue in d minor is great... or maybe Mussorsgky's Night on Bald Mountain
Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite' the morning song


a great resource: http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/

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