Teacher Enrichment Blog

May 2017 Sonata Allegro Form

Sonata Allegro Form


Sonata Allegro Form             

Many musicians play sonatas. These must be differentiated from sonata allegro form. A sonata is a piece for instruments and derives is name from the Latin, sonare, meaning “to sound”.  The term refers to a piece that is sounded forth by a non-vocal instrument. Cantata refers to a piece that is sung, stemming from the Latin cantare meaning “to sing”.  Sonatas can utilize sonata allegro form.

April 2017 Instrument Families

One of the first steps in teaching students to understand art music and listening is to acquaint them with the unique characteristics and timbres of orchestral instruments and instrumental families. Students can explore each of these instruments on the Classics for Kids website. Easy navigation tools lead them to information, pictures, and sound clips of each instrument. The site also provides other interactive musical activities including games.

February 2017 -- Teaching Young Students about Ensembles

Part of the art of listening stems from an understanding of not only the elements of music, but of the different types of ensembles that make concert music. Choosing fun, short, and exciting pieces that are relevant to the younger student positively introduces them to the sounds different ensembles create, while planting seeds for interest in participating in these very ensembles beginning in the upper elementary years.

 The following links introduce children to Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Percussion Ensemble: 

January 2017 A Night on Bald Mountain - Mussorgsky

“A Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

  STOP!  Before reading any further, listen to this piece with your eyes closed using the following link!   

   Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyR-poMsSWI

What pictures or storylines come to you? What could this piece be about?

December 2016 "Mambo" from 'Westside Story', Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein remains a true American legend for his excellence in conducting, lecturing, and composition. Ask your late elementary or early middle school students to check out this excerpt from "Mambo". The energetic beat will peak their interest right away!  Use the listening questions below to introduce the basic elements of music to the students, and, after they listen to the music "as an event", challenge them to answer the questions.

Piece:  Mambo from ‘Westside Story’ by Bernstein