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Playing with the Classics



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Playing with the Classics
Music Masterworks for Children
By Peggy D. Bennett
Book and CD
75 pages
Grades PreK - 3

Peggy D. Bennett presents her classroom-tested creative ideas for movement, stories, and listening activities as she delights preschool through primary-age children with orchestral favorites. Fully Reproducible and designed to be used by experienced music teachers and novices alike, the simple, charming and playful lessons in Playing With the Classics give children a chance to sing, move, and act while they listen to the music of great composers.

Each lesson is presented with several facets. Among them are Story (when the classic has a storyline), Storymaking (storytelling with interactive questions), Singing and Moving (to melodic and rhythmic themes), About the Composer, About the Music and Reading Puzzle (score reading with symbols). The lesson activities are intended to be spread over four or more meeting times with children.

The CD contains 30 tracks, including selections from Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Bizet's Carmen, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Haydn's Surprise Symphony, and many more. Most pieces have more than one track - an excerpt track or a track with just the theme, e.g. Playing With the Classics will help make these great works a part of your students’ beloved repertoire of music and capture their interest in orchestral music for a lifetime.

Playing with the Classics: At a Glance
An American in Paris
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Flight of the Bumblebee
In the Hall of the Mountain King
(The) Moldau
(The) Sorcerer's Apprentice
Surprise Symphony
Symphony No. 5, First Movement
The Toreador's Song
William Tell Overture
Composer Pictures
Frequently Asked Questions
CD Track List


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