In Ms. Gilbert’s room, the students listened for details in the music and how the composer chose specific devices to create a desired effect, and then they applied the same techniques to their writing.
Student #1What does voice mean in writing? Why do writers write and composer compose? How does music create mood? How can we make the ordinary extraordinary? These are the questions students started with.
Student #2Students wrote about their trip to school. They listened to Ms. Hall play Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the glockenspiel and imagined that the song represented their first draft. They then listened to Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle by Mozart, and brainstormed all the ways Mozart embellished and expanded the original theme, and they translated those compositional techniques into writing techniques to embellish and enrich their stories.
Student #3Students listened to Ligeti's Six Bagatelles for Woodwind Quintet and used each movement as inspiration for one of the six parts of a story (introduction, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion) to construct their own creative narrative. They then set it in a six-panel comic, which was very challenging!
We finished up the year by exploring the instruments of the orchestra, their different timbres (or voices), and how they all contribute to making different kinds of music.