Inside the Music Chest

Unit 1

Let’s discover what musical treasures await you in Musication Series 1, Music Appreciation through Storytelling. We begin with Unit 1 The Orchestra, comprised of 2 areas of concentration or study, Sounds Around Us and Instrument Families.

The lessons presented in each area of study in Unit 1 (Sounds Around Us and Instrument Families) are developed in the same way as one searching through a chest of intriguing and mysterious valuables. First you explore and uncover each item, and then, examine each one for its unique beauty.

Each topic is presented in 3-5 lessons that introduce musical concepts and their application. Here is what your child will investigate:

Each lesson:

  1. An introductory video- where I will discuss the subject for that lesson
    and what we will do
  2. A written lesson plan accompanied by an audio version- for the student
    who enjoys listening to what he or she reads

Each lesson plan contains:

  1.  Standards and objectives specific for that instruction
  2. A list of materials needed for the specific lesson
  3. Activities to complete in an organized procedure-these include maps, puzzles, study sheets, time-lines, pictures and websites to view, and art work to create
  4. Check for Understanding- questions posed at the end of the lesson to
    ensure a thorough understanding of the instruction
  5. Assessment: written or listening- this includes a written quiz or a quiz
    on listening to specific musical elements
  6. Answer Page- written answers to every question posed in the lesson, whether in the discussion, activities, Check for Understanding, or assessments (written or listening)

Enjoy!


Unit 1 | Music Appreciation through Storytelling

Table of Contents

Music Units:

Unit 1 The Orchestra

Sounds Around Us

  • Lesson 1: The Sounds We Hear
  • Lesson 2: Surprises!
  • Lesson 3: Let’s Play

Instrument Families

Strings

  • Lesson 1: String Instruments
  • Lesson 2: The String Family in the Orchestra
  • Lesson 3: More Strings

Woodwinds

  • Lesson 1: Woodwinds in the Orchestra
  • Lesson 2: Peter and the Wolf
  • Lesson 3: More Woodwinds-Saxophones and Recorders

Brass

  • Lesson 1: The Brass Family
  • Lesson 2: On a Field Trip
  • Lesson 3: Brass in Action

Percussion

  • Lesson 1: The Percussion
  • Lesson 2: A Percussion Story

Camille St. Saens’ Carnival of Animals

  • Lesson 1: The Orchestra, an Animal
  • Lesson 2: The Book, Page 1
  • Lesson 3: The Book, Page 2
  • Lesson 4: The Book, Page 3

Grand Finale Lesson Unit 1

The Curtain Closes

  • Additional Resource Materials: Children’s Library
Unit 2

Let’s discover what musical treasures await you in Musication Series 1, Music Appreciation through Storytelling. We continue with Unit 2 Composers and Their Musical Stories, comprised of 7 famous composers and their unique story.

The lessons presented in the study of each composer’s life in Unit 2 (Composers and Their Musical Stories) are developed in the same way as one searching through a chest of intriguing and mysterious valuables. First you explore and uncover each item, and then, examine each one for its unsurpassed beauty.

Each composer’s life and musical story is presented in 3-5 lessons that introduce musical concepts and their application along with many of the well-known works of that composer.

Each lesson:

  1.  An introductory video- where I will discuss the subject for that lesson
    and what we will do
  2. A written lesson plan accompanied by an audio version- for the student
    who enjoys listening to what he or she reads

Each lesson plan contains:

  1. Standards and objectives specific for that instruction
  2. A list of materials needed for the specific lesson
  3. Activities to complete in an organized procedure-these include maps, puzzles, study sheets, time-lines, pictures and websites to view, and art work to create
  4. Check for Understanding- questions posed at the end of the lesson to ensure a thorough understanding of the instruction
  5. Assessment: written or listening- this includes a written quiz or a quiz on listening to specific musical elements
  6. Answer Page- written answers to every question posed in the lesson, whether in the discussion, activities, Check for Understanding, or assessments (written or listening)

Enjoy!


Unit 2 | Music Appreciation through Storytelling

Table of Contents

Music Units:

Unit 2 Composers and Their Musical Stories

Mozart (recommended for 2nd – 3rd graders and older)

  • Lesson 1: Wolfi!
  • Lesson 2: Mozart in Trouble
  • Lesson 3: More Mozart, Please

Liszt (recommended for 3rd graders and older)

  • Lesson 1: Franz Liszt, the Rock Star
  • Lesson 2: Liszt, the Piano Terminator
  • Lesson 3: Liszt with Modern Composer 13 year – 0ld Alma Deutscher
  • Lesson 4: Your Turn!

Tchaikovsky(recommended for 4th graders and older)

  • Lesson 1: Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Lesson 2: Tchaikovsky and the War of 1812
  • Lesson 3: The 1812 Overture Art Project
  • Lesson 4: Tchaikov sky’s Tears

Beethoven (recommended for 4th graders and older)

  • Lesson 1: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Lesson 2: Bad News!
  • Lesson 3: The Sounds of Beethoven
  • Lesson 4: A Stormy Life
  • Lesson 5: The End of Beethoven

Bach & Handel (recommended for 4th graders and older)

  • Lesson 1: Bach & Handel
  • Lesson 2: Bach in Jail
  • Lesson 3: Hallelujah!