Active Listening Lessons: The Nutcracker Suite
Hands-On Activities for Exploring Tchaikovsky's Ballet
By David Bretzius
Book and Enhanced CD
Here, David Bretius presents seven, detailed lesson plans based on Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Students will listen and perform along with the professionally-recorded orchestral CD. Each individual layer of the ensemble will learn and practice their part through rhythmic chanting and body percussion before transferring to classroom instruments. The step-by-step instructions build to a culminating Orff performance for each movement. Student scores are included on the enhanced CD for printing and projection.
Activities use body percussion, unpitched percussion, lummi sticks, recorders, or Orff instruments to expore such concepts as meter, ostinato, form, or note values.
Waltz of the Flowers
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Dance of the Reed Flutes
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