Santa Fe Pro Musica
Mozart’s birthday: The greatest child star!
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 10am
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Contact Janet Gilchrist to make reservations
Here you will find useful information, activities and games that can be helpful in preparing your students for the music they will hear on the Santa Fe Pro Musica Youth Concert [Friday, January 27, 2017 at 10am in the Lensic Performing Arts Centre]. Please use these resources as best fits your needs.
Teaching Objective: Students will improve their listening skills
1. Ask students to be very quiet and write down or remember everything they hear during a two to five-minute period.
2. At the end of the time ask each student how many things they heard. Encourage the lists to be as long as possible, including everything from sounds made by other students to air-conditioning noise. In a few days, play the game a second time and compare how listening skills have improved.
3. With no other activities going on, have students listen to:
Mozart, Jupiter Symphony, movement 4 (10:54) https://youtu.be/qiDvl997OYo
After listening, lead a discussion by asking some general questions. There will be no right or wrong answer to these questions because music is a personal experience.
- How did the music make you feel?
- What was the mood of the music?
- How would you move your body to this music?
- Can you make a facial expression that describes the music?
- Can you think of one word that describes the music?
- What did you picture in your mind while listening to the music?
4. Here is another interesting piece from the Pro Musica concert that you can listen to:
- Clyne, Within Her Arms (15 minutes) https://youtu.be/kVxy-_aS0N4
- Lead a discussion for this selection just like you did for first selection.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the greatest child stars that ever lived. By the age of three he was playing the piano. Then, he started learning the violin. By age four he was writing his own music. He could read and write music before he could read and write words. When he was six years old, he was traveling all over Europe, performing for the kings and queens of Europe and even the Pope. Mozart composed his first symphony at age of eight. He wrote his first opera when he was 12. When he was a teenager his symphonies were the hottest music in Europe.
Mozart made his living by giving music lessons, performing (mostly on the piano, but some violin and viola playing), and writing music for people who paid him to compose a piece for a specific occasion. During his brief lifetime (35 years) Mozart wrote over 600 pieces, including 21 operas, 15 church masses, 50 symphonies, 40 concertos, 26 string quartets, plus songs, sonatas and many other kinds of pieces.
Anna Clyne is a London born composer who now lives in the United States. Her first instrument was a piano with missing keys, a situation that contributed to her unique musical viewpoint. During her school years, she composed occasionally, but it was only after she had lived in three great cultural cities – Edinburgh, Scotland; Ontario, Canada; New York City – that her passion for music came to life. Clyne has collaborated with many of today’s most inventive visual artists, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers and musicians.
For more information visit her website: www.annaclyne.com.
Twenty-six-year-old Benjamin Beilman is recognized as one of the fastest rising stars of his generation. He has played concerts all across the United States and Europe, and has won many of the top competitions. He started taking violin lessons when he was five-years-old. His mother made sure he practiced every day. Although sometimes his practice sessions were not very long, they were absolutely every day! So playing violin became a daily habit, just like eating lunch at noon. When he was 11 or 12 he decided that playing the violin was what he wanted to do with his life. He said, “I liked doing it, I was good at it and I really thought I could make it my life goal.”
For more information, visit his website: www.benjaminbeilman.com
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