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Youth Concert
BEETHOVEN: The greatest musical revolutionary!
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10am
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Contact Janet Gilchrist to make reservations

Youth Concert Study Materials

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, April 28, 2017 at 10am in the Lensic Performing Arts Centre]. Please use these resources as best fits your needs.

Audience Etiquette

  • Teaching Objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of appropriate audience behavior in a variety of settings.
  • Pre-Assessment: Ask students how they would behave at an orchestra concert.
  • Teaching Sequence
    1. Ask students to describe places where they were members of an audience. Answers could include attending a movie, a theater, a sports arena, at home watching television, a concert hall, etc. List the answers on the chalkboard.
    2. Discuss the appropriate audience behavior for each of the settings listed above. For example, how would audience behavior at a golf tournament be different from a football game? How would the audience behave at a rock concert compared with a classical music concert?
    3. Choose students to act as performers in at least three of the settings listed above. For example, they may pretend to be playing a sport like golf or tennis; or they could pretend to be playing instruments in an orchestra or a rock band. Allow the students to perform while the rest of the class pretends to be in the audience.
    4. Before and after each performance, review with the class where they are pretending to be and help the class evaluate the appropriate audience behavior for each location. Point out that some behaviors that are fine in one setting are considered inappropriate in another. Ask performers if they felt that the audience's behavior was appropriate for their performance and why.
  • Culminating Activity: Tell students that they will soon be going to a concert where they will hear an orchestra. Help students create a guide for correct behavior at an orchestra concert. Have students use their guide to evaluate their behavior after the concert.
  • Evaluation: Did student responses indicate an understanding of the appropriate audience behavior as an audience member in a variety of settings?


Guided Listening

Teaching Objective: Students will improve their listening skills
Teaching Sequence:

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:

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?
    • How would you describe the music?
    • What did you picture in your mind while listening to the music?
    • Point out that this piece is like a conversation, a discussion and sometimes an argument

What’s a Concerto?
A concerto is a musical composition for a solo instrument accompanied by an orchestra. The word “concerto” comes from two parts:

    • The Latin word “con” (to join together)
    • And the Latin word “certare” (to compete or fight)

The idea is that the two players in a concerto (the soloist and the orchestra) alternate periods of opposition, cooperation and independence. So, it is like a musical discussion, conversation, and argument.



Meet the Composer: BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)

BeethovenBeethoven was born in Germany and lived most of his life in Vienna, Austria. As was typical in 18th century Europe, he was required to attend school only until the age of 11. At this time, the boys left school and were trained for work. Since Beethoven’s father and grandfather were both musicians, that is what Beethoven did – he became a musician. He was good at it too, and was able to spend his life writing music and playing concerts.

Though Beethoven was a genius, he also worked very hard. He woke up at 5am every day and worked on his music until 3pm. Then he would take a hike in the country where he would continue to think about his music, mumbling, humming, singing out loud, and making wild gestures with his arms. The pages of his sketchbooks are filled with hundreds of bits and pieces of melodies. He was always scratching out and correcting. Someone said his music looked like battlefields where thoughts and ideas are crossed out, or others are scribbled in, sometimes erasing to the point of making holes in the paper.

During the 18th century, Beethoven was regarded as Europe’s greatest pianist. He had to have amazingly skillful hands and fingers, but otherwise he was surprisingly clumsy. He often spilled food, broke dishes, and dropped glasses. He was also easily confused. Sometimes he would go to a restaurant and forget to pay; other times he would call for his bill without having ordered anything to eat. And he was restless – during his 35 years in Vienna, he lived in 33 different places.

In 1798, when Beethoven was 28 years old, he started losing his hearing and by 1802 he was deaf. He couldn’t play the piano anymore, but he could still write music as he heard it all in his head. When he died in 1827, thousands of people (the newspaper reported 15,000 to 20,000) attended his funeral as he was mourned as the greatest composer of his age.

Meet the soloist: Anne-Marie McDermott

Anne-Marie McDermott Anne-Marie McDermott was born in New York, where she and her sisters were partly home-schooled by their mother, a professional Irish dancer. The young Anne-Marie (Annie) McDermott went to her first piano concert when she was 5-years-old. She loved how the piano was huge, shiny black and powerful. At age 9, she became serious about music (“what I wanted to do was play the piano. I spent all day practicing!”). The family didn’t have much money, so it was up to her to get scholarships to continue her music studies. She also earned money by playing piano accompaniments for just about everyone, her sisters, neighbors, and school friends. Her talents were soon recognized and her piano playing career was launched at the age of 18. She is now considered one of the finest pianists in the world.

For more information visit her website: