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COURSE NO. FA -224

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Classical Kids, free-style music appreciation done for one quarter each year, as a family.

COURSE NOTES

A single Classical Kids CD studied for one quarter of this year, as a family, counting as Music Appreciation.  About 20 minutes per day, two or more days per week.  This CD series is a combination of music, history and dramatic story-telling designed to introduce the child to the composer and his music.  Study/enjoy one composer—any one, but preferably DAD’S favorite—for one quarter this year.  Introduce the composer with his Classical Kids CD, then borrow children’s books about him from the library, reading them casually over the quarter’s time.  Play a variety of the composer’s music on a daily basis (breakfast? bath-time? in the car?), letting the children become familiar with the composer and his works gently.
       For Grades K-2:  At the end of the quarter, have him draw a picture of what his favorite piece by the composer makes him think of when listening to it.  Add the name of the selection and the composer’s name to the bottom of the picture for the student to trace over.
       For Grades 3-6:  Near the end of the quarter, have the student find his two favorite pieces by that composer, and memorize their names.  Have him write a paragraph about each piece he chose and why he chose it.  (Paragraphs have a topic sentence, three or more middle sentences and a closing sentence, an indent and a title—at least!  To earn an A, a paragraph needs a plan or outline, an edited rough draft and a final draft.)
       For Grades 7-8:  Near the end of the quarter, have the student find his two favorite pieces by that composer, and memorize their names.  Have him write a short paragraph apiece about why he chose each piece.  Then have him add two more paragraphs, one comparing the pieces (How are they the same?) and one contrasting the pieces (How are they different?).  (Remember: paragraphs have a topic sentence, three or more middle sentences and a closing sentence, an indent and a title—at least!  To earn an A, a paragraph needs a plan or outline, an edited rough draft and a final draft.)
       CD TITLES AVAILABLE:  1) Mr. Back comes to Call;  2) Beethoven Lives Upstairs;  3) Hallelujah Handel!;  4) Mozart's Magic Fantasy;  5) Mozart's Magnificent Voyage;  6) Tchaikovsky Discovers America;  7) Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery;  8) Song of the Unicorn--Introduction to Pre-Baroque Music through Drama.
       (Note: this study method can also be used to explore any musical genre, instrument, lyricist, musician, musical era, etc.  Have the student add an additional paragraph introducing his subject and why he chose it.)

Scheduling Suggestions: 3x/wk for 20min



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

Classical Kids

  • ISBN: 1556522908        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

CD; one composer per CD: Bach, Beethoven, Handel, 2 Mozart choices, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and pre-baroque.

 

TITLES AVAILABLE:  1) Mr. Back comes to Call;  2) Beethoven Lives Upstairs;  3) Hallelujah Handel!;  4) Mozart's Magic Fantasy;  5) Mozart's Magnificent Voyage;  6) Tchaikovsky Discovers America;  7) Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery;  8) Song of the Unicorn--Introduction to Pre-Baroque Music through Drama.  Choose one for the year, to be covered in one quarter.
       The teacher notes are recommended against--too much information, and aimed at the older child.  The DVD's are recommended against--music should be an auditory experience that piques the imagination.
       For quarterly reporting of “Fine Arts/Music Appreciation,” give the name of the CD and the progress as “Start” to “Finish”; for a work sample, send a copy of the student’s picture, dictated remarks, or written work--whichever is appropriate to his age.


Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Audio CD)

  • Author: Classical Kids
  • ISBN: 1894210042        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

One disc.

 



Hallelujah Handel!

  • Author: Classical Kids
  • Publisher/Copyright: : Children’s Group, 1995. Audio CD.
  • ISBN: 1895404940        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 



 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


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