I created this listening activity for our kids classes at TLB Music. The idea is to have children listen to three classical pieces of music, creating music-inspired art along with them, trying to capture the feel of each piece. We use crayons in class, but you can use a pencil, colored pens, markers, or whatever you’d like! The only information you need to give them before listening is the name of the piece, the composer and his country of origin, and the small talking points listed. When they’re done listening and completing their art, kids can cut out their three drawings to play the game. See if they can recall what each piece sounds like when you play shorts excerpts for them!

Links to YouTube videos for each piece of music:
1. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (allegro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. Aquarium by Camille Saint-Saëns
3. William Tell Overture (finale) by Gioachino Rossini

How to say “Camille Saint-Saëns”:
Here’s a helpful page with three audio bites of the composers name: http://www.forvo.com/word/camille_saint-saëns/

The activity sheets (click here to enlarge as PDF and print):

Send a picture or scan of your music-inspired art to thebirdfeednyc@gmail.com to be featured in a Bird Feed children’s art gallery.

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