Linda’s Music Notes
The Power of Classical Music!!
This school year I have been doing a teaching series that focuses on classical music, the orchestra, and the composition styles of four different composers. I’ve been using a book and CD called, “My First Classical Music Book”. The illustrations have been helpful, and many of the music selections from the authors are compositions I have never chosen to feature before, so it’s been interesting for me to see how well each is received by the children. On the average, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony has been the favorite!
I have also been teaching the difference between sonatas, concertos, and symphonies. We’ve listened to the different styles of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Haydn. With a degree in music and an ear for musical interludes and nuances, my description of these composers’ styles is quite different than the children’s! Beethoven’s compositions (and appearance) is most commonly described by the children as “scary”, Mozart’s as “busy”, “happy”, and “crazy”, whereas they consider Tchaikovsky and Haydn’s styles to be more peaceful. They say that Tchaikovsky’s music makes them want to dance (which makes sense since the two songs that I’ve played of his are from “The Nutcracker”), and that Haydn’s music sounds like Mozart’s, but not as “crazy”!