Musical concept : Harmony Consonance / Dissonance
Prerequisites : None
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.
Setting the scene
“Today, we’re going to make up and act out a story as we listen to consonant or 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!
to help the children understand the concepts of consonance and dissonance.
about the various pieces of music and encourage them to make connections with consonance and dissonance.
Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of Unhatched Chicks, performed by the Canadian National Brass Project.
Help them realize that this piece of music is dissonant.
Then, ask the children to make up a story by asking them, for example:
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.
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.
Listen to other pieces from Pictures at an Exhibition to get ideas for making up new stories.
Choose one or more of these pieces, then use plastic arts to portray them, and organize a musical exhibition.