I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July this week! My family and I had a great day, including a breakfast at our church (where my husband and I played some rousing patriotic songs on the piano - so fun!!), a small-town parade, a barbecue with friends and then watching a few fireworks from our car. I am so grateful for our freedoms and for opportunities to celebrate them with friends and family!
It's the perfect time to introduce our next Mighty Musicians
lesson plan that is available for purchase! Forte Fireworks is a one-hour lesson all about dynamics.
This lesson is one of my very favorites and was one of the most memorable for the students. We use this as the culmination of our Mighty Musicians week-long camp. This patriotic lesson plan is a blast, as students explore fireworks, flags and more, and learn that music can be loud or soft! Students will march in a parade, play a matching game, explore dynamics using a variety of instruments, compose their own fireworks song, play a pre-staff notation piece, and go on a memorable musical adventure to "see" a fireworks show! Pieces that students will become familiar with include Handel's Music For the Royal Fireworks
, Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever
, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
The highlight of this lesson is our musical "fireworks show" activity, which was so much fun at our class! As we listened to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
we went on a musical journey using listening, singing, movement, and storytelling and ended up at an amazing musical fireworks show. I actually think that this song/activity really affected the students - they got so into the story and the movements that when we finally arrived at the fireworks show and heard those cannons go off, it was a really powerful moment. This activity really made the music come alive for these kids, and for me as well! Be sure to crank up the volume so children get the full exciting effect of the fireworks "cannons" at the end of this piece! Here's a little preview of the song we sing and a great recording of this awesome piece.
Here are a few more previews of this fun lesson plan:
I hope you and your students enjoy it as much as we did!
This lesson plan is available for purchase in The Teaching Studio Store
or right here in this post. It contains 50 pages (lesson plan, teacher's guide, supplies needed, printable resources, student take-home materials, clip-art and more) and is in downloadable e-book format.
Forte Fireworks!: Mighty Musicians Lesson Plan
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