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Need ideas for easy and fun at-home music learning? Here's our daily Classical Kids Music Lesson.
Target age range: All ages
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 Flying Forms.
1. Flying Forms is an ensemble that performs baroque (buh-ROKE) music. The Baroque era was the period in history from approximately 1600-1750. The members of Flying Forms play on baroque instruments, including the baroque violin, baroque cello, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. Today you will learn what makes those instruments unique, and different from their modern counterparts.
2. Let's meet each musician and learn about their unique instrument. First, meet Marc. He plays baroque violin, and he will explain the differences between his instrument and the modern violin.
3. Next, meet Tami, who plays the harpsichord. At the end of the video you will see a really cool aerial shot of Tami playing her instrument.
4. Finally, meet Tulio, who plays baroque cello and viola da gamba.
5. Now that you've learned about these instruments, it's time to listen and watch Flying Forms play together. As you listen, think about what life might have been like during the Baroque period. What was happening in the world in 1600, 1650, 1700 or 1750?
6. Spend a little time learning more about the Baroque period. Try saying the word "baroque." The Baroque Era is a term that describes the period of time between about 1600-1750. Here are just a few significant events that happened during that time.
• Pilgrims sailed to North America from England (1620).
• Many famous scientists and artists lived and worked during this time period, including Sir Isaac Newton, William Shakespeare and Galileo Galilei.
• It was a time of creativity and invention. Here are just a few things invented during the Baroque period:
◦ Steam engine
◦ Pendulum clock
◦ Pocket watch
◦ Bacteria was first observed with a microscope
7. Watch one more video of Flying Forms play some baroque music.
8. Find many more listening examples of the baroque violin, harpsichord, baroque cello, viola da gamba, and baroque music in general on the Flying Forms Lesson Plan Audio page.
Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.