While the actual beginning of music is unknown, its purpose has remained the same for thousands of years. Music is a form of enjoyment to pass the time, to express joy or sadness, mark special occasions and to be used in religious ceremonies.
By developing a unit study on music/musicians, you will explore a world of innovations and influences.
Make up a list of musical terms that will be used throughout this unit study. Such as, a cappella, baroque period, chamber music, pitch, and virtuoso. Make sure include all musicians you plan on covering.
Create a time line. Remember to include performers as well as composers. Both influence the musical industry and our lives. While you will have your own favorites to include, here are some suggestions:
- Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179) The earliest known female composer
- Gilles Binchois (1400-1460) Considered to be the finest melodist of the period
- Troubadours (1125) began to travel and sing secular songs
- Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina (1525-1594) - A great composer for the Roman Catholic Church.
- Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) - composed the first opera
- The beginning of the musical period of Baroque - 1600
Continue the timeline through today.
- Determine what musicians you want to listen to and visit your local library to request CDs of their work .
- Go to a concert.
- Call and arrange a field trip to a local music club. Ask if your child can try the instruments present.
- Watch an opera or musical movie - there are several kid-friendly operas and movies available on DVD.
- Make easy instruments. Shakers, cardboard guitars, or wind instruments as a few suggestions.
- Write a song.
- Write a musical play.
Music is a wonderful subject to explore with countless avenues to pursue. The main thing to remember is to have fun and appreciate all the different forms music takes.