Have you gotten any snow where you live yet this winter? It sure has been a crazy weather year. We have finally gotten some where I’m visiting in northern Wisconsin.
I have a fun music lesson for you to study with your kids during this Wintertime.
First, watch this video of The Piano Guys performing “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen along with the beautiful Baroque music written by Vivaldi : “Winter” from The Four Seasons. Discuss with your kids what they heard. Could they pick out the songs from Frozen? Could they tell when “Winter” was being played? Do they think the pieces work together?
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The next part of the lesson is to watch the Behind-the-Scenes video. It’s so fun to see how The Piano Guys do the filming, what the location really looks like, how they set up the scenery (including freezing a piano), and what they do in between “takes.” Have another discussion. What do your kids think about it? How long did the filming take compared to how long the finished video was? Would they want to do something like this? How hard was it for the musicians to be performing in the cold?
Now let’s listen to the full Vivaldi Four Seasons. There are 4 movements: “Spring,” “Summer, “Fall,” and “Winter.”
Download a free Music History Notebooking Page from CurrClick and have your kids write about what they think of the music.
You can find some information about Vivaldi at Classics for Kids. Write a short biography about him. When and where did he live? What other types of music did he write? There are some neat podcasts you can listen to there.
Next, compare and contrast the two musical versions of Vivaldi-the original version on YouTube compared to the arrangement by The Piano Guys. What’s the same? What’s different? Which do you like better? Would you like to perform it one day? On which instrument?
If you do this lesson with your kids, let me know in the comments how it goes. Did you include anything else that others would enjoy? Share it with us!
Have a fun rest of the winter break, and be sure to include music!
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