The Orchestra Sings
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Melody is one of the universal elements of music. Composers and musicians create melodies, which can be sung or played on instruments. The orchestra sings when its musicians play melodies on their instruments. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra sings. A PDF version of the print teacher guide is available upon request for printing purposes only. Please email email@example.com for more information.
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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.