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What if We Made up a Story? # 009

The children make up a story based on the music and then act it out together.

Musical concept : Harmony  Consonance / Dissonance

LEARNING

Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Language : Demonstrates understanding

 

  • Cognitive : Uses own imagination
  • Emotional : Regulates own emotions

 

  • Physical and motor : Relaxes

 

  • Social  : Creates connections with adults

Preparation

Prerequisites : None

Necessary material

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

 

  • Install the Mazaam app and open the World of Sea Lions (harmony)

 

Music to listen to online or to download

Consonant music :                                                                           Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1, performed by Valérie Milot

Dissonant music:                                                                      Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of Unhatched Chicks, performed by the Canadian National Brass Project.

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

1. Introduce the activity :

“Today, we’re going to make up and act out a story as we listen to consonant or dissonant music.”

2. Help the children to recognize consonant and dissonant music:

Consonant music is music that is nice to listen to. On the other hand, dissonant music will seem wobbly to them.
Consonant music is like a touch on the cheek; dissonant music is like itchy underarms!

3. Play the first game together in the Mazaam app’s World of Sea Lions

to help the children understand the concepts of consonance and dissonance.

4. Ask the children to share their impressions

about the various pieces of music and encourage them to make connections with consonance and dissonance.

Activity

1. First listen to a dissonant piece of music :

Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of Unhatched Chicks, performed by the Canadian National Brass Project.

2. Encourage the children to say what they think about what they hear (consonance or dissonance).

Help them realize that this piece of music is dissonant.

3. Ask the children to listen to the piece again and imagine a story to go with the music, like in a movie.

Then, ask the children to make up a story by asking them, for example:                                                                                                                           

  • Who are the characters in your story?

 

  • What happens in your story?

4. Ask the children to listen

to the piece a third time and then act out the story together. Each child can act out the different characters in turn. You could also designate children or groups of children to play the different characters.

5. To finish

ask the children what kind of music would help them settle down. Help them to realize that what they are describing is consonant music.                                                                                                                                                                                                     To settle down, listen together to a consonant piece of music – Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1.

To go further

Choose one or more of these pieces, then use plastic arts to portray them, and organize a musical exhibition.