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Virtual Class Notes Concerts: e(L)ement

e(L)ement. Karen Baumgartner, flute; Mallory McHenry, harp Courtesy of the artist

Welcome to Virtual Class Notes Concerts!

Each year, Classical MPR reaches tens of thousands of students across Minnesota through the Class Notes Concerts program. Designed to engage and inspire elementary students through live musical performance, these concerts help cultivate active listening skills and allow students to experience the joy of classical music.

Due to current circumstances, we have adapted the concert content to provide a virtual Class Notes Concert. Today's Classical Kids Music Lesson will be a virtual Class Notes concert featuring e(L)ement.

Target age range: Grades K-8

1. Meet e(L)ement. e(L)ement is an ensemble made up of two performers: Karen Baumgartner plays flute, and Mallory McHenry plays harp.

Discussion question:

What are some things that Karen and Mallory have to do to play well together?

2. Listen and watch e(L)ement play their first piece, called Entr'Acte, by a French composer named Jacques Ibert. As you watch, think about how a sound is produced on each instrument.

3. Karen plays the flute. Listen to and learn about her instrument.

Look at the picture of the flute and answer some follow-up questions for reflection, discussion or journaling:

Flute Pixabay/jeongsunyun

• What does Karen do to make the flute play lower sounds?
• What does Karen do to make the flute play higher sounds?
• Name one thing Karen can do to make a unique sound on the flute.
• What is Karen's favorite thing to play on the flute?

4. Next, listen to e(L)ement perform a section of a piece called "Wind", from Four Elements, by Yoshi Weinberg. As you listen, think about what makes the music sound like wind.

After listening and watching, look at the pictures below. Each picture shows wind in a different way. Which picture looks most like the "Wind" music you heard e(L)ement play? Explain your answer to a teacher, friend, or someone at home.

Which of these looks most like wind? Pixabay

5. Mallory plays the harp. Listen to and learn about her instrument.

Follow-up questions for reflection, discussion, or journaling:

• What is it called when Mallory runs her fingers up and down all the strings on her harp?
• Which strings make the lowest sounds on a harp? Which strings make the highest sounds?
• What are some of Mallory's favorite things to do on the harp?

Learn much more about the harp in the Heavenly Harp Classical Kids Music Lesson.

6. The last piece in this Virtual Class Notes Concert is another section of Yoshi Weinberg's Four Elements. This section is called "Earth."

As you listen, document some things you notice and observe on a listening chart. Use the sample below as a template for your own listening chart. Use as much music vocabulary as possible in your observations. Draw a picture of each instrument underneath your lists.

Listening observations Katie Condon

7. Finally, Karen and Mallory will review a few key ideas from their Class Notes Concert.

Tell us what you learned!

Getting feedback from our audience helps make this program possible. Students, teachers, and parents, please take a minute to complete this short survey about this Virtual Class Notes Concerts.

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

More: View all of our Classical Kids Music Lessons

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