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NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Flight of the Bumblebee

GRADES K-2
OVERVIEW: Over the 3 lessons, the Concept Areas of Rhythm (Tempo and patterns), Melody, Form, and Tone Color/Timbre are used. Skills developed over the 3 lessons are Singing, Moving, Listening, Performing, Evaluating, Creating, and Relating music to other subject areas such as history and literature.

The lessons for “Flight of the Bumblebee” for grades K–2 are:
Lesson #1: Flowers and Bees! (Quick Tempo and Rhythms)!
Lesson #2: A Prince's Story
Lesson #3: A Bear's Story (Berlioz the Bear)

GRADES 3-5
OVERVIEW: Over the 3 lessons, the Concept Areas of Rhythm (Tempo, Note Values, Patterns), Melody, Form, Expression, Texture and Tone Color are used. Skills developed over the 3 lessons are Singing, Moving, Listening, Performing, Creating, Evaluating, and Relating music to other subject areas.

The lessons for “Flight of the Bumblebee” for grades 3–5 are:
Lesson #1: Sixteenth, Eighth and Quarter Notes
Lesson #2: A "Bzzz-tsar" Story
Lesson #3: Different versions to Compare and Share!

The lesson plans were written by Dr. Kay Edwards, Professor and Chair of Music Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Dr. Edwards earned both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in general music from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music from Ohio University. She has been an active clinician and author in the areas of elementary general music, guided listening, and multicultural music education for more than 15 years at the university level and has 10 years experience as an elementary general music teacher. In addition to Orff Level III certification, she has special training in Kodály and Dalcroze pedagogies.

Training Links

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