June has arrived, and it’s time for our June listening lessons ideas!
Each month, I like to give a playlist of listening lesson ideas to coincide with that particular month. Today, I have a list of songs to add to your June listening lessons playlist, including special dates and a composer of the month. During the month of June, we have a few holidays. We start the month off with Flag Day, then Father’s Day, and end with the start of summer!
For many of us, the entire month of June signals the start of summer. As a teacher, my brain switched to summer mode somewhere around mid May! For many, school is out for the summer already and many more will be getting out of school over the next few weeks.
This month, we say “happy birthday” to several well-known composers: Robert Schumann(June 8), Cole Porter (June 9), Richard Strauss (June 10), Edvard Grieg (June 15), Igor Stravinsky (June 17), Richard Rogers (June 18), Jacques Offenbach (June 20), and Leroy Anderson (June 29) . If you can’t find a composer you would like to feature, you can always use a favorite musician. I like to use a mix of modern and older musicians in class.
Once I have selected a featured musician/composer of the month, I go through each week, noting important celebrations or holidays. This month, there are a few:
Special days in June:
- Flag Day, June 14th
-Flag Day is a day recognizing the adoption of the US flag (June 14th, 1777).
- Father’s Day, June 19th
We celebrated mothers last month, and this month, we focus on fathers! Here’s a post I did on Father’s Day a couple years ago.
- First day of summer (summer solstice), June 20th
Suggested Playlist for June
- Summer, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
- You’re A Grand Old Flag
- The Star Spangled Banner (For Star Spangled banner activities, check out this post!)
- Summertime, George Gershwin
- Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Felix Mendelssohn
- Syncopated Clock, Leroy Anderson
- The Typewriter, Leroy Anderson
- June is Bustin’ Out All Over (Carousel), Richard Rodgers
- The Surry With the Fringe On the Top (Oklahoma), Richard Rodgers
- Papillons, Robert Schumann
How to do a listening lesson
I would suggest playing the piece a few times. The first day, just play it once, having your children listen to the music. The next time you play, you can talk about what they hear in the music, and give background information on the music and the composer. You can also have them do an activity, like a listening log/journal, or draw a picture as they listen.
Hopefully, this gives you some fun ways to experience music together over this next month!