Poster Tristan Paradee
Tristan Paradee, pianist
Photo: Janelle Araujo
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Performance Today in the Classroom: Tristan Paradee

Each year, Performance Today serves local schools across the Twin Cities with its Young Artist in Residence Program. This program sends PT Young Artists into schools to present live concerts. Designed to engage and inspire elementary and junior high 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, Performance Today has adapted the concert content to provide virtual learning experiences in their new series "Performance Today in the Classroom." Today's PT in the Classroom Music Lesson features PT Young Artist in Residence Tristan Paradee.

Target age range: K-8

1. Meet Tristan! Tristan is a PT Young Artist and he plays the piano.

Write down or tell someone three things you learned from Tristan’s introduction.

2. In the next video, listen and watch Tristan play Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata in A Major K27.

Can you remember a few facts about the piano? Write down your answer or tell someone.

3. Listen to Tristan explain why he loves playing the piano.

Follow-up questions for reflection, discussion, journaling:

  • Why is the piano sometimes called the king of musical instruments?

  • What is accompaniment?

  • What is a melody?

4. The next piece is called Etude Op. 10, No. 12 (Revolutionary Etude) by Frederic Chopin. First, watch and listen.

Can you remember what inspired Chopin to write the Revolutionary Etude?

5. The next piece is called Etude Op. 2, No. 1 by Sergei Prokofiev. First watch and listen.

Follow-up questions for reflection, discussion, journaling:

  • Who is Sergei Prokofiev?

  • What did this music make you think about while you were listening?

6. Finally, Tristan will review a few key ideas from his PT in the Classroom Concert.

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

More: View all of our YourClassical Music Lessons

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