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THE LISTENING ROOM PODCAST SERIES 2 – MIDDLE PRIMARY
Written and presented by Rob Fairbairn and Lauren Fairbairn
Welcome to The Listening Room for middle primary – a series of musical appreciation lessons mainly for primary or elementary students aged between about 7 and 9.
The series is sponsored by Bushfire Press and available free during the current home isolation emergency.
Each lesson provides guided listening and movement activities with links to optional follow-up activities.
Perfect to help young people stay grounded and broaden their experience and appreciation of classical music.
Find out more about the Listening Room at www.thelisteningroom.net
This episode is the first unit from Listening Room 2 published by Bushfire Press.
It is called ‘A Journey through Time’.
Tell your students to go to www.kidslisten.net and choose Green No.1 – A Journey Through Time
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For this unit students will need
Pencils, Pieces of paper, pastels, crayons
How did you go today? I would imagine your 4 pieces of writing or art are all quite different. Now, when you’ve finished listening to me find a place to display your work, on the fridge or even a special place in your bedroom. And don’t forget to invite others in your family to look at your gallery.
FOR YOUR CLASSROOM
This lesson is from our series Listening Room
Each level is available in book printed form with accompanying audio, charts and assessment materials in digital form.
Find out more at www.bushfirepress.com.au
This lesson will shortly be available through Music Room Connect
It will include the full lesson plan and everything you need to deliver this lesson yourself in your classroom
- An audio copy of this podcast (almost set and forget – great for relief teachers)
- Text of the lesson
- All audio tracks
- Full versions of all pieces used
- Evaluation and Tracking materials (Learning Outcomes, Australian Curriculum Band and Content Description, AUSVELS, IB(PYP) etc.
ABOUT THE PIECES
Also Sprach Zarathustra, Fanfare ‘Sunrise’
(from tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra 1896)
Richard Strauss (German 1864-1949, late romantic period)
The fanfare is the introduction to a 30 minute piece which was inspired by the philosophical novel of the same name by Friedrich Nietzsche. The composer called those familiar 3 notes (C-G-C) the ‘dawn motif’.
(Prince of Denmark’s March c 1700)
Jeremiah Clarke (English 1674-1707, baroque period)
The march was written in honour of Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne of Great Britain. It was played during the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.
A trumpet voluntary is most commonly played on the organ using the trumpet stop.
Piano Concerto #23 – 2nd Movement (1786)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German 1756-1791, classical period)
A concerto is an extended piece in three movements for orchestra and solo instrument. Mozart wrote 27 piano concerti as well as concerti for violin, flute, French horn and clarinet.
An American in Paris – Introduction (from An American in Paris 1928)
George Gershwin (American, 1898-1937, modern period)
An American in Paris is a jazz-influenced symphonic poem inspired by the time the composer spent in Paris. When it was first performed in New York in December 1928 it used taxi horns which Gershwin brought back from Paris.
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