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Listening Lesson: Dreams

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March 28, 2020

LISTEN — Audio Instructions

Target age range: Grades K-5

Use literacy skills to compare and contrast four pieces of music about dreams.

1. Think about different kinds of dreams: dreams while you are sleeping, daydreams, nightmares or scary dreams.

2. Composers have written music about dreams. Listen to each piece of music and decide what kind of dream the composer had in mind when writing the music. Draw a grid like the one below to organize your thoughts and ideas.

Dream chart
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3. While listening to some of this dream music, read a little about the history of Native American dreamcatchers and follow these art project instructions to make your own.

4. Can you think of other songs or pieces you know about dreaming? If you were to write music about some of your dreams, what would it sound like? Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.

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