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Classical Kids Music Lessons: Museum Field Trip! (Part 1)

Museum art exhibition Pixabay

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Need ideas for easy and fun at-home music learning? Here's our daily Classical Kids Music Lesson.

Today is the first of three lessons about connections between music and art.

Target age range: activities are most appropriate for older elementary and high school/middle school students. All ages can enjoy listening to the music examples, watching the video, and looking at the images.

1. In the video you will watch later in the lesson, you will hear a lot of vocabulary that is used in both music and visual art. Here are five important terms that help us describe both pieces of music and pieces of art. Think about what each word means in the context of visual art, and then again in terms of music.

Color/Timbre (TAM-ber)

• In art: the visual perception of a certain quality
• In music: the unique sound of an individual object, whether it be an instrument or a voice


• In art: the principle of design that suggests movement; often achieved through repeating visual patterns
• In music: the duration of sound in time; often occurs in patterns


• In art: an element that is three-dimensional
• In music: the structure or organization of a piece of music


• In art: distinctive visual characteristics that make it possible to group works of art into categories of similarity or difference
• In music: distinctive sound characteristics that make it possible to group musical work in categories of similarity or difference


• In art: perceived surface quality in art
• In music: how various elements (melody, rhythm, harmony, instrumentation) combine to create an overall sound quality

2. Now watch the video!

3. Let's look at a few paintings and listen to a little music and think about those vocabulary words you reviewed before watching the video.

Frida Kahlo (self-portrait) Wikimedia Commons

Look at this painting, a self-portrait by artist Frida Kahlo.

Then listen to this piece by composer Carlos Chavez:

LISTEN Toccata for Percussion I. Allegro sempre giusto
Carlos Chavez
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Take notes about what you see and hear, using those vocabulary words that describe different elements of art and music. A grid like the one below might help you organize your thoughts.

Music/Painting Grid Katie Condon

Try that activity with one more pairing.

Light My Fire Wikimedia Commons

Look at this sculpture by Yoshito Nara:

Listen to this piece by Joe Hisaichi.

LISTEN Princess Mononoke
Joe Hisaichi
La Pietà; Angèle Dubeau, violin

Think about color/timbre, rhythm, form, style, and texture.





4. What's your favorite style of art? What's your favorite style of music? Try describing your preferences using the terms you learned today.

Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.

More: View all of our daily Classical Kids Music Lessons

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