Greek Myths in Modes
By Danai D. Apostolidou-Gagné and Judith Thomas-Solomon
Spiral-bound Book and CD-ROM
Grades 4 - 6
Greek Myths in Modes includes all the materials needed to make the ancient Greek myths come alive. The book contains master scores, scripts, images, and extensive lesson plan suggestions. The CD-ROM contains images, instrument parts, full color visuals and student/actor script. High quality audio files of the songs and instrumental pieces are included as well.
This collection is offered as a way to enter the mythical, magical world of Greek kings and heroes. Because these ageless stories provide opportunities for invention and collaboration, they also invite dramatization, and this powerful amalgam makes for memorable learning experiences. The Greek myths in this book have been adapted for use through music, movement, speech play, and modes in an open-ended, elemental style.
The dramas were developed in contrasting styles to be used as separate units, or as complementary groupings for longer programmatic use. They provide a vibrant, wholly accessible entrance into Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Pentatonic scales.
On the CD-ROM, each Myth has a folder with Audio Files, Full Scores, Images, pdf Visuals, and full color visuals of the musical examples in .tiff format ready for an interactive whiteboard. There are also folders of the modes, other images and the script pdf.
How Heaven and Earth Came into Being
Focus: Movement Exploration
Jason and the Magic Fleece
Focus: Vocal Improvisation
The Fate of Icarus
Focus: Development of Melodic Criteria; Ostinati Vocabulary
Perseus and Medusa
Focus: Vocal Improvisation/Recitative
Dimitra and Persephone
Focus: Creating Speech Pieces from Short Phrases; Creating Dialogue from a Story
Hercules and the Hydra
Focus: Mixolydian Mode and Mixed Meter
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