Have you gotten any snow where you live yet this winter? It sure has been a crazy weather year. We have finally gotten some up here in northern Wisconsin. I have a fun music lesson for Wintertime for you to study with your kids.
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The Piano Guys “Frozen” & Vivaldi’s “Winter”
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?
Vivaldi Four Seasons
Now let’s listen to the full Vivaldi Four Seasons. There are 4 concerti with 3 movements each:
Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
Learn about Vivaldi
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.
Compare and Contrast
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?
Download a free 3-page Printable Pack to use with this 15-Minute Music Lesson:
Composer Sheet, Listen and Write (Tempo, Mood, Like it?, and Instruments/Voices), and Listen and Draw
Full Winter Music Course:
Head over to get Winter Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days online course!
Music is such a part of our lives and can really help us prepare for the holidays we want to celebrate throughout the year. Learn about, listen to, and do activities with various songs and music which relate to winter holidays such as St. Lucia Day, Chinese New Year, and President’s Day (not to mention Christmas and Hanukkah!). Also included are fun music lessons for special days such as Groundhog Day and First Day of Winter!
Each of the 12 lessons includes:
- Information about the holiday or special day
- Videos of the music to listen to/ watch
- At least one printable
- An online quiz
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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!
By the way, if you enjoy today’s 15-Minute Music Lesson, you’ll LOVE the 15-Minute Music Lessons online course.
15 separate lessons, includes printables!
Combine this fun winter lesson with some great winter books! See the list here.
Winter Rabbit Trails Study
More Winter Nature Study
I love these from Cindy West of Our Journey Westward:
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Janelle Knutson says
I usually neglect adding in music to our homeschool and our home but this is a lesson I can easily do with me kids and I know we will all enjoy it! I look forward to reading more great posts on music and homeschooling in the future.
Thank you, Janelle. If you like this kind of lesson, I’d be happy to include more here at Music in Our Homeschool!
Janelle Knutson says
Even though we weren’t officially doing school today, I did the lesson with several of my kids and they enjoyed it (and so did I)! It was simple enough to add in to any busy homeschool schedule. I’d love to see more like it. Wonderful website!
I would you stretch this lessons to make it a sequential lesson? Can you do other songs using this technique?
I’d be happy to. Do you have any suggestions? Do you mean to keep the “winter” theme?
Lisa Ehrman says
I love Vivaldi and the Piano Guys, too! As a retired homeschool mom and piano teacher, I really love your lesson 🙂
Thank you, Lisa!
This is the first lesson we’ve tried from your site. It was a total success – one of my children immediately picked up his violin when we were done, and another (who hasn’t shown a great deal of interest in instruments) said, “I want to play cello!” Thanks so much – we are looking forward to more!
Oh, how wonderful! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂
how do i access the free 3 page printable pack for this one? thanks
If you put in your name and email address, click “I’m not a robot,” and click Download here, the pages will open on your device and a link will be sent to your email address for later downloading. 🙂