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The Musical Detective Part 1 #003A

Discovering different levels of musical intensity. The children use pictograms of lynx to explore loud and soft sounds in music.

Musical concept : Intensity  Loud / Soft

LEARNING

Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Language : Demonstrates
    understanding

 

  • Cognitive : Draws upon own capacity for attention and memory
  • Emotional : Engages in positive experiences

  • Physical and motor : Explores sensory perceptions

 

  • Social : Participates in group activities

Preparation

Prerequisites : none

Necessary material

  • An interactive whiteboard, a computer, a tablet or a smartphone

 

  • A printed copy of each of the two pictograms in Appendix for each child

 

  • Install the Mazaam app and open the World of Lynx (intensity)

 

 

Music to listen to online or to download

Carl Binder : Ouverture Orphée aux enfers : Allegro con fuoco, performed by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: II. Allegretto scherzando, performed by Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

1. Introduce the activity

“Today, we’re going to discover the soft and loud sound hidden in a piece of music.”

2. Play with the children using the World of Lynx in the Mazaam app.

3. Listen to Orpheus in the Underworld for the first time..

Activity

1. Ask the children if they noticed that the music was loud at times and softer at other times.

2. Show the children both pictograms :

explain how one represents soft sounds and the other loud sounds.

3.Give both pictograms to each child.

4. Explain to the children that they will have to raise the pictogram corresponding to the level of intensity they hear when listening to the music :

  • Raise the “soft” lynx pictogram when the music is soft.

 

  • Raise the “loud” lynx pictogram when the music is loud.

5. Ask the children to pay close attention because the intensity of the music changes frequently.

6. Listen again to Orpheus in the Underworld, reminding the children to raise the pictogram corresponding to the intensity of the music they hear.

To go further

Challenge the children to repeat the activity with their eyes closed.

Do the activity with the following piece of music : Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: II. Allegretto scherzando, performed by Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

Do the activity on the same topic in the next module: The Musical Detective – Part 2.