Music, Art, Reading & Writing


Re my 10/16/08 post: The teacher, Marie Russell, who uses Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” in her classroom sent me this picture of the autumn results, “Turning Nature into Art: Inspired by Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’” (click on picture for larger image). She wrote, “The culminating activity was putting all four seasons plus the Vivaldi report together into a book which they were able to take home.” The second picture is of her students’ project about Pablo Picasso that included using a recycled water bottle in a sculpture.
“As you might have gathered,” she wrote in her e-mail,” I love to bring in music and art into the curriculum and always try to find a way to incorporate reading and writing.”

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5 Responses to Music, Art, Reading & Writing

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting my students’ work – they were thrilled to see it in “cyberspace”. I’m currently working on putting together a unit of study of “Music Through the Ages”. I want to incorporate music, science, art, math, and literature. I feel that these subjects could be intertwined to make history not just a subject of the past, but something that affects our lives everyday. Wish me luck :)

  2. Marie Russell says:

    Thank you for posting my students’ work – they were thrilled to see it in “cyberspace”. I’m currently working on putting together a unit of study of “Music Through the Ages”. I want to incorporate music, science, art, math, and literature. I feel that these subjects could be intertwined to make history not just a subject of the past, but something that affects our lives everyday. Wish me luck :)
    Marie Russell – PS174

  3. Marie Russell says:

    Well, these past two weeks my students have been sharing their Vivaldi projects, and I am proud to say that they have turned out better than I expected. Several groups decided to do powerpoint presentations that were outstanding – they know more about that program than I do.
    A few observations that I made which on hindsight seem so obvious:
    * don’t assume that your questions are clear – in the then and now section, I asked them “What new discoveries were taking place during this time period.” I was quite perplexed when some of my students mentioned cell phones, until I realized that they thought “this time period” meant here and now.

  4. Marie Russell says:

    As promised, here are two new worksheets on famous composers. All the questions were student generated (with a little bit of tweaking from me). I had the students divide up into 6 groups of 5 & gave them a copy of Kathleen Krull's Famous Musicians. It was Beethoven vs. Mozart. Will let you know how the project turns out in the New Year

  5. Marie at QC says:

    Beethoven & Peanuts

    Growing up in London, I loved reading the Peanuts cartoons in the newspapers. It took a little girl in NYC this year to point out that Schroeder played Beethoven (she's a big fan of Peanuts & came in armed with a stack full of books to prove it). The next day the NY Times had an article stating that actual musical scores were used in the cartoons.
    What are the odds???

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