The Orchestra Rocks
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One universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra rocks.
How to Use the CurriculumLearn how to navigate the Link Up curriculum according to the needs of your classroom.
Learn fundamental concepts of music and engage in creative activities through a deeper exploration of the ideas and themes of the Link Up repertoire.
The Orchestra Rocks with Steady Beat
How can we use steady beat to keep time and play with rhythms? Students explore steady, strong, and weak beats while learning to sing or play melodic phrases.
The Orchestra Rocks with Rhythmic Patterns
How do composers rock with rhythmic patterns? Students explore rhythmic patterns in Orff’s “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana and the use of ostinato and accents in Stravinsky’s “Dance of the Adolescents” from The Rite of Spring.
The Orchestra Rocks with Layers
How do composers use musical layers to create excitement? Students explore musical layers and expressive qualities in orchestral music.
The Orchestra Rocks with Themes
How do composers use different rhythmic themes for expressive purposes? Students listen to the major themes of the Finale from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and invent creative movements to express the music.
What is an orchestra? Students learn about the instruments and families of the orchestra.
How can we prepare for and reflect on our culminating concert experience with our Link Up partner orchestra? Students learn about Carnegie Hall and important landmarks in their own neighborhood, as well as prepare for and reflect on the culminating concert.