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Oliver Springs High School

Band and General Music Distance Learning

Lessons for the Week of 5/4/2020
This week we will learn about American Composer, John Williams! John Williams is known for writing music for many blockbuster movies: Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter to name a few!
Watch and Listen! John Williams conducts the U.S. Marine Band in the Imperial March from Star Wars.
Read the Bio of John Williams and Complete the Four Square Activity.
Want an extra FUN challenge? Create music online with the Star Wars Melody Challenge!
Follow the instructions and links to complete famous Star Wars melodies composed by John Williams. You can save and share your finished product!
Lessons for the Week of 4/27/2020
This week we will learn about the great Russian composer, Peter Tchaikovsky! Tchaikovsky is known for writing many large scale orchestral works and many ballets. A ballet is music written to accompany ballet dancing.  Two of his most famous ballets are Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
Watch and Listen:
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Waltz of the Flowers
New York City Ballet
STEM Activity - Build a Lego Nutcracker!!!
Physical Activity Challenge: Learn the 5 basic Ballet Positions
Lessons for the Week of 4/20/2020
This week we will learn about the great German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven! Beethoven was known for writing 9 symphonies. A symphony is a multi-movement (a movement is a section) composition written for an orchestra.
Listen to the first movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony while you watch the line rider. See how many musical symbols and terms you can recognize and follow. Why does the line rider suddenly become two line riders? Does the video representation match the music you are hearing?
Here's another excerpt from one of Beethoven's symphonies. This time its the finale from Symphony #9. The "Ode to Joy" theme is probably one of the best known melodies in all of classical music. The song was even adopted as the national anthem of the European Union.
Watch this flash mob of an orchestra performing in a town square. What song do you know that would make a good flash mob?
Beethoven biography worksheet is below. Read more about him, view a timeline, and answer the questions.
Learn more about instruments of the orchestra by completing the crossword puzzle and doing some research!
Lessons for the week of 4/13/2020
Review musical terms with these 2 FUN crosswords!!!
The clues might even make you laugh!
Lessons for Week of April 6, 2020
Learn about American Composer and Band Leader, John Philip Sousa.
Read the pdf about John Philip Sousa and complete the quiz. (see below for pdf's)
Listen to the United States Marine Band Play Stars and Stripes Forever. Follow along with the Listening Map (see below for pdf).
Lessons for the week of 3/30/2020
Review the elements of music with a crossword puzzle!
Review note values through addition. (music & math)
Lessons for the week of 3/23/2020
Learn about the American Composer, Duke Ellington
Listen to Knoxville Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist, Sam Chen, play Mood Indigo
Duke's Music Class. Select ONE of the pieces. Read the story and listen to the recording. Send me your impression of the music with one positive thing about the piece. Remember to tell me which piece you listened to. 
Composer: the person who write the music
Composition: the piece written by the composer
Ensemble: musical group