The Orchestra Sings
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Learn fundamental concepts of music and engage in creative activities through a deeper exploration of the ideas and themes of the Link Up repertoire.
Melodies Are Made of Patterns
How are melodies constructed? Students establish an understanding of musical patterns and find them in the melodies of “Come to Play,” “Ode to Joy,” and the “New World” Symphony.
Melodies Can Be Connected to Words
How are composers inspired to create melodies from words? Students explore the melodic settings of the poems “To Make Words Sing” and “The City” by Langston Hughes.
Melodies Can Be Varied
How do composers use musical elements and the orchestra to play with melodies? Students explore melodic variations in “Simple Gifts” and try their own variations for the “New World” Symphony.
Melodies Play Together
How does the melody change when played in harmony or with accompaniment? Students explore the difference between melodies in unison and melodies played in harmony in “Oye.”
Melodies Tell a Story
How does music help to tell a story? Students explore melody, harmony, and accompaniment as elements of storytelling in The Firebird Suite.
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.