Classical Kids Music Lessons: Nature Walk
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Need ideas for easy and fun at-home music learning? Here's our daily Classical Kids Music Lesson, featuring music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Grieg, Rameau and more.
Target age range: Grades K-5, adjust as necessary
Nature makes its own music. Listen to sounds in nature, and listen to pieces of music inspired by nature. 1. If you can, go for a short nature walk, even if it's just around the block. Remember to practice safe social distancing!
2. Bring a notebook, and write down all the sounds you hear.
3. When you get home, look at your list and think about how you would turn those sounds into a piece of music.
4. Below are a few pieces of music for things you might commonly see or hear on a nature walk. Listen to each piece and think about how each composer captured these nature sounds. Draw pictures along with each listening example.
El Grillo, which means "The Cricket" by Josquin des Prez
Flight of the Bumblebee, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Le Rappel des Oiseaux, which means "The Call of the Birds," by Jean-Philippe Rameau
'The Woodpecker,' from Musical Toys, by Sofia Gubaidulina
'Butterfly,' from Lyric Pieces, by Edvard Grieg
TREES AND FLOWERS
'Flower Duet' from the opera Lakme, by Leo Delibes
'The Beech Tree,' from Plan & Elevation, by Caroline Shaw
For younger children, here is a nice guide to taking a nature walk:
Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.