Oct. 31, 2004
(Intended for 8th Grade)
ˇ The students will be able to understand the basics of reading a full orchestral score.
ˇ The students will be able to follow one part in the orchestral score.
ˇ The student will write out (on Sibelius) the individual part of an instrument.
The purpose of this lesson is to further enhance the students musical vocabulary though the use of words like: symphony, conductor, key signature, time signature, score, orchestra, all note durations, all musical instrument names, etc. Also to further advance the students understanding of a symphony orchestra and the process of working in a large ensemble, the importance of listening to each other to create a final product.
Computer lab with Sibelius
CD player and recording of Beethovenšs Symphony #5
As students are walking into the room a recording of a Beethoven #5 is playing. Teacher asks student if they can guess how many instruments are playing? How does each instrument know which part to play? How does the conductor know who is playing what and when?
CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING:
Once the students are on the computers, the teacher will walk around to check if the students are working in the right format. A few minutes into the process, the teacher stops the class to ask a few key questions such as: ŗIf you are playing the _______, are you playing in measure ____? Teacher asks one question for each instrument that was chosen in the class.
Files are saved, so that they can be finished in the next class.
In the next class, students will finish their transcriptions and print them out. We will then go back to our regular classroom and attemp to sing the opening of the symphony by representing our instruments. After a little practice a conductor will be chosen to conduct the opening of Beethoven #5 with our human voice orchestra.