Another of my endeavors is to try to do an activity based on a musician or composer every couple of weeks – in reality this will probably be once a month since we have an already quite packed schedule and I do want Bear to just play as well. Montessori Beginnings (now About a Girl) is the one who has inspired me to do so with her posts on Peter and the Wolf and The Carnival of the Animals.
I decided to start with The Carnival of the Animals, since About a Girl sent me the file for her animals.
Here is a breakdown of the movements:
Lions – Strings and pianos
Tortoise – Strings and pianos
Elephant – Double bass
The Aquarium – glockenspiel
Donkeys – Violin
Aviary – Flute Strings Piano
Fossils – xylophone
My absolute favorite movement is the Fossils. I love the sound of the xylophones. We listened to it here and here and the finale is here. Interestingly, I recognized a couple of the movements from ballet recitals in which I performed.
Day 1- Bear colored the animals while listening to the piece for the first time.
Day 2- We listened to the piece and sequenced the animals. We also danced like the animals.
Day 3- We listened to the music and talked about the musical instruments used to portray the animals.
Days 4,5,6 – we looked at photos of the instruments, talked about what family of instrument they were, listened to each instrument on our cards at this great site here, and listened for the specific instruments in The Carnival of the Animals.
Note: we did this over two weeks, so the days weren’t sequential. We took a long break between Day 3 and Days 4,5,6.
You can download the musical instrument 3-part cards here.
(Some of the pictures are a bit blurry because I enlarged them quite a bit, but they work well enough to give one a sense of what the instrument looks like. A lot of the pictures came from About a Girl – see links above.)
If you do any music appreciation activities, please feel free to include them in the Artists and Art linky as musicians are artists and music is a form of art.
And I’m so sorry I forgot about pictures for this post.