The Listening Room Podcast – Series 2 Episode 2 – Beethoven – What’s the Big Idea?
THE LISTENING ROOM PODCAST SERIES 2 – MIDDLE PRIMARY Written and presented by Rob and Lauren Fairbairn.
Welcome to The Listening Room for upper 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
What’s the Big Idea? – Beethoven V. This episode is from Listening Room 2, published by Bushfire Press and written and presented by Rob and Lauren Fairbairn.
Today’s podcast is an introduction to one of the most famous pieces of classical music, ever: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. It will take your student to the wackiest restaurant ever – where the diners sing their orders to the waiter.
KIDS’ LINK Tell your students to go to www.kidslisten.net and choose Green No.2 – Beethoven
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FOLLOWUP I hope you enjoyed this brief introduction to Beethoven’s famous symphony. You can hear different versions and watch orchestras play the symphony in the extension section of the lesson. You will also find links to more information about Beethoven. You might also like to hear more of Beethoven’s music by Googling or by exploring YouTube and other sites on the Internet.
Teacher/parent/carer to student: Share your motif artwork with your siblings and the grown ups in your house. Hang it on the wall, or stick it on the fridge – but make sure you keep a copy to show your teacher.
Teacher checking in with student: Now I can’t see your picture but you can show it to the grown ups in your house, hang it on the wall, or stick it on the fridge but make sure you keep a copy to show me. Perhaps take a selfie with it and send it to me.
FOR YOUR CLASSROOM 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
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
Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67, first movement (1804-08) Ludwig van Beethoven (German, 1770-1827, classical/romantic periods)
Beethoven was one of the most celebrated composers of the classical era and his 5th is probably the most famous symphony of all. It was first performed in Vienna in 1808. When Beethoven wrote it he was becoming increasingly deaf. It was written in a time of great turmoil in Europe and since the 2nd World War has become known as the ‘Victory Symphony’. ‘V for Victory’ was a popular phrase used by the Allies during that time. (‘V’ stands for Victory and in Roman numerals the number 5 is represented by the letter V).
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