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Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is the subject of this author’s lesson ideas
Language Arts, Music
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
| Title – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
By – Susan Haugland
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subjects – Music, Language Arts
Grade Level – 6-12
Teacher’s Guide (grades 7-12)
Three Weeks in Vienna, A Singer’s Account of the Premiere of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
These lesson ideas are designed to accompany the reading of Three Weeks in Vienna – providing students with a further understanding of the time period and events surrounding the premiere of the Ninth Symphony, the music itself, and the composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.
Fact Finding As You Read
Objective: Students will be able to identify specific details regarding four major areas of the story.
Ideas: Students can place answers in chart, outline, or diagram form.
Setting: season, year, place
Timeline of Events
Objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the sequence of events leading up to and including the premiere of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Ideas: Students can create posters or complete a worksheet in which they order the sequence of events.
Objective: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental symphonic form and how Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony follows or deviates from that form.
Ideas: Students can define vocabulary words relating to symphonic form. Charts can be created by students to visually show the characteristics of sonata-allegro form as well as the other movements.
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