It’s February! Hard to believe February is here already! Yesterday, I finally took down my Christmas village decorations from my mantel and began decorating for Valentine’s Day! I thought it fitting to begin February by giving some ideas for listening lessons.
The two main things I wanted to cover during February while teaching were Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, so most of my listening lessons are selections that can go along with either theme.
This month, we also say “happy birthday” to the composer George Frideric Handel!
Composers of the month
- George Frideric Handel
- Scott Joplin
Who is Handel?
George Frideric Handel was a German composer during the Baroque era. He later moved to England.
- Handel’s Messiah
- Water Music
- Music for The Royal Fireworks.
You can listen to all three, or sample different pieces, or just focus on one piece. Water Music is a great choice for younger listeners. The musicians performed this piece while on the river!
What should you listen for during Water Music?
- Listen for the different instruments playing.
- Does it sound like water?
You can also check out these listening glyphs from TrinityMusic! If you aren’t familiar with listening glyphs, they are a great way to get children to focus on listening. You are given a coloring paper, and use different colors based on what you hear in the music (color red if you hear singing, blue if there is no singing, etc.). You can use scarves while listening to the music, and match the movements of the scarves with the music.
Who is Joplin?
Scott Joplin is known as the “King of ragtime”. Fun listening selections that may be familiar to your children include Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer. Here is a composer of the month set for Scott Joplin you can check out!
Maple Leaf Rag is a fun piece to do with young children. I would suggest listening to the music first, since the rhythm is probably new. Then, you can take turns making up movements to go along with the music (tip toe, hopping, etc.)
Listening music for February
Here are some ideas you can add to your playlist for this month!
- Flower Duet, Leo Delibes
- Swan Lake, ballet by Tchaikovsky
- Sleeping Beauty, ballet by Tchaikovsky
- O Mio Babbino Caro, from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Puccini
- A Tisket, A Tasket, Ella Fitzgerald
- Take the “A” Train, Duke Ellington
- It Don’t Mean a Thing, Duke Ellington
- Water Music, Handel
- Maple Leaf Rag, Scott Joplin
I hope this gives you some inspiration for some listening lessons this month!