Aim: How can we identify and analyze theme and variation in language and in music?
Summary: Students explore different ways to change a simple sentence and melody to understand the concept of theme and variation.
Standards: US 3, 6, 7, 8; NYC 2, 3
Modality: performing, responding, creating
Materials: theme and variation audio recording, chart paper and markers
Time Required: 15 minutes
This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox
Music Educators Toolbox by Carnegie Hall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” Variations (12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je maman”), K.265/300e, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Performed by Simone Renzi. Published by Simone Renzi and available from IMSLP. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by J.S. Bach. Performed by Shelley Katz. Available from Musopen. This work is licensed as Public Domain.