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Classical Kids Music Lessons: Museum Field Trip! (Part 2)

Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun by Vincent Van Gogh Dan Dennehy/Minneapolis Institute of Arts/Wikimedia Commons

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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 second of three lessons making connections between music and visual art. Yesterday, we thought about elements that music and art have in common. Today you get to try to create your own music inspired by a famous painting. You don't need to be able to read and write music notation, just have your imagination ready to go.

1. First, look closely and list the elements you see in the painting above, by Vincent Van Gogh.

• Mountains
• Trees
• Sun
• Dry grass

2. Using found objects, or instruments if you have them, find a sound to go along with each element. Remember, found objects are just everyday household items you use to make musical sounds.

Here is an example, using a combination of simple auxiliary percussion instruments and found objects. The examples also use a combination of traditional and alternative notation symbols.

Composition grid Katie Condon/MPR

Now draw a grid like the one below to make your own composition, inspired by Van Gogh's painting. Make sure to give it a title. Try performing your composition with someone in your household. Remember, one person can play two parts at a time if necessary. Count off with a steady beat to begin together.

Blank composition grid Katie Condon/MPR

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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