Susanna Loewy - Teaching Artist
Philadelphia Orchestra School Partnership Program
Cooper’s Poynt Elementary
Week of 09/28/2015
GOALS / OBJECTIVES
- Students become comfortable with the class atmosphere, with both Teaching Artist (TA) and Classroom Teacher (CT).
- Students put music to language during that process.
- Students begin to be comfortable with the recorder.
- Students perform for each other.
- Students will begin to internalize rhythm through moving to music.
- Students will refine their listening skills by listening for instruments within the orchestra.
- Students will practice being an ensemble through learning the recorder.
- Students will refine their listening skills by listening for specific pitches/rhythms on the recorder.
- Students will reflect on their personal relationship with music .
- recording of Beethoven 5
- instrument cards
- TA needs instrument
- Teaching Artist will play a short piece on their instrument with students sitting at their desks.
- Brief introduction of TA’s instrument
- CT arranges students in a circle (or, if it seems better, asks students to stand at their desks)
- TA plays a short piece and asks the students to walk (or rock) to the beat
ACTIVITY: Music Listening (CT leads) (P13)
- Listen to Beethoven Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement and answer the following questions (either by writing or drawing).
- What words describe what you hear?
- How does this piece make you feel?
- Repeat above questions with Mozart Symphony No. 40, 1st movement.
ACTIVITY: Introduction to the recorder
- CT handles distributing the recorders -- if names could be written on the bags beforehand, that would be great
- TA silently models recorder positions:
- Position 0 - in bag
- Position 1 - Place on desk
- Position 2 - Rest to the chest
- Position 3 - Playing position
- Go through them again in order using the Position Names (0, 1, 2, 3)
- Practice mixing them up
- Have the CT/student call out the positions
- Practice gently blowing on your hand
- Cover holes firmly and look for “Cheerios”
- Teach notes: B, A, G (more notes for 4th grade) -- have students try notes, and then mimic rhythms TA plays.
EXTENDED ACTIVITY (if time): Ear training
- TA plays notes B, A, G…
- Students sing/hum pitches back in appropriate rhythm.
- Turning around so that students cannot see the TA’s fingers, TA plays notes again, and asks which note is being played.
- How could they tell?
- TA asks students to draw a picture of themselves as a musician (or, write a few words) on the cover of their journal. (or, on a separate page if the journals haven’t yet arrived)
- As students are working, TA/CT pass out instrument cards.
- CT asks the following questions as students draw/illustrate and asks them to include these aspects in their work:
- What instrument are you playing?
- Where are you?
- Who are you playing with?
- Who is listening to you?
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