Carnival of the Animals
– Show students pictures of 4 animals/groups of animals: sea animals, wild horses, tortoise and lion.
– Discuss what type of music yu might expect for each animal. Talk about tempo etc.
– Play one of the pieces and have students decide which animal – talk through reasons etc.
– For each piece of music there is an accompanying movement activity to break up session.
Aquarium – students in a circle. Teach ‘jellyfish movement. Girls in the middles, boys in the middle.
Wild horses – all have to find a way to move around the space to suit music but must not run.
Tortoise – slowly moving on all fours, neck movement, when they hear a tapping signal (or music stops) they stop (back into shell)
Lion – marching around space
Carnival of animals – Aquarium Session
– Students offer words they think described the music (before playing it again)
– Up in circle – remind them of Jellyfish. Play music and practice.
– Introduce movement for : shark (slow and with intent), little fish (fast, sharp darting movement), sting ray (arms out swooping).
– Four groups – use stickers so they don’t forget.
– Call group and movement – have turns in the circle
– Use soft material to have students swim under.
Carnival of the Animals – Elephant Session
– Students listen to three of the pieces of music (choose slower ones – including Elephant)
– Ask students to vote on which piece they thought was the Elephant – discuss the elements of tempo, etc
– Read an appropriate elephant picture book.
– Place students in groups and place in lines along different sides of the room.
– Using beat sticks, to tap a rhythm, teach students this poem (one line per group)
Right foot, Left foot see me go
I am grey and big and slow
I come walking down the street
With my trunk and four big feet
– Help each group come in with their line, changing order etc
– End with movement: Each line moving across the room (tagging the next group) as they become elephants to the mosic.
Carnival of the Animals – Kangaroo Session
– Similar structure as Elephant session.
– Book: “Josephine Wants to Dance” by Jackie French
The brown Kangaroo is very funny
She leaps and runs and hops like a bunny
And on her stomach is a pocket so wide
Her baby can jump in and go for a ride
In groups then teach movement for “Kangaroo”.
Carnival of Animals – One off Sessions
If you don’t want to teach a series of lessons based on this music, then the following is an ideal lesson or two…..
– Students form groups on 5-6.
– Play a piece of music from Carnival (Elephant or Kangaroo is good) with students listening silently. Do not tell students what the piece is called.
– The student’s challenge is to
- Discuss which animal the music could best represent. All give their opinions in their groups, then the group must decide on one.
- Students then prepare a movement piece using common movements of the animal they have chosen to go with the music.
- In the movement piece they will perform in a line, a circle and show some form of levels.
- Present to class, have the audience guess which animal they are presenting.
- At the end of the lesson, tell class what the piece of music was called.
- Works very well with “Elephant” and “Kangaroos”