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Variations on “Ah, je dirais-vous maman”

OVERVIEW: Over the three lessons, the Concept Areas of Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Form, and Tone Color are used. Skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Playing Instruments, Creating, and Analyzing/Relating music to other subject areas such as history and literature.

1. Move to the Music of Mozart
2. Melody and Harmony
3. Moving to Mozart’s Variations

OVERVIEW: Over the three lessons, all six of the concept areas of Rhythm, Melody, Form, Timbre/Tone Color, and Harmony are used (also Style, as a combination of several of these). Skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Playing Instruments, Creating, and Relating music to other subject areas.

1. Introduction to Theme and Variations
2. Create and Play Theme and Variations
3. History and Mozart’s Variations

The plans were written by Dr. Kay Edwards, Professor of Music Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Dr. Edwards earned her bachelor of music degree from Ohio University and both a master of music and a doctor of musical arts in general music from Arizona State University. She has taught at Oberlin Conservatory, UNC-Greensboro and in public schools over the past 20 years and is a specialist in early childhood/elementary general music with special training in Orff, Kodály and Dalcroze.

Training Links


Kodály 101

Orff 101

Sergei Prokofiev
Peter and the Wolf

Lesson Plans for Grades 1-3

Courtesy of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Sound Discoveries
Music for Life

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