One of my favorite activities as a classroom music teacher was presenting a “Composer of the Month!” One of the ways I did that was to play an audio show from Classics for Kids and create a slide presentation to help visualize the information given in the audio. If you would like to present the information to your kids at home, I have compiled some links for you!
Another activity that I loved was playing a Beethoven’s Wig recording of a composer’s work! In this case, Humoresque #7!
There is also a great online activity from Carnegie to explore the music of Symphony no. 9
Another extention to Symphony no. 9 is to teach the song “Goin’ Home.”
(from Wikipedia: The theme from the Largo was adapted into the spiritual-like song “Goin’ Home”, often mistakenly considered a folk song or traditional spiritual, by Dvořák’s pupil William Arms Fisher, who wrote the lyrics in 1922.)
- If you only pick 2 songs to focus on teaching your children, I would make sure they are familiar with Humoresque #7 and the 2nd movement from Symphony no. 9 (Largo)