June has arrived, and summer is in sight! It’s time for our June listening lessons playlist! If you missed May’s playlist, be sure to check it out here.
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Choosing songs for listening lessons
When choosing songs for the playlist, I like to start by focusing on special days or holidays unique to that month. I also like to feature a musician of the month. I like to mix it up between famous composers and musicians from pop culture.
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)
- Father’s Day (June 18th)
- Summer Solstice (June 20th)
June Listening Lessons Playlist
- Fiddle, Faddle, LeRoy Anderson
- 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
- Spring Song, Robert Schumann
- Syncopated Clock, Leroy Anderson
- The Waltzing Cat, Leroy Anderson
- Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’ (Oklahoma), Richard Rodgers
- The Happy Farmer, Robert Schumann
Once you have chosen your song, here are some questions to ask to get your children (or students) talking about the music:
- have you heard this song before?
- what kinds of things did you hear?
- did you hear any interesting instruments?
How to do a listening lesson
If you have never done a listening lesson before, check out some of my previous lesson ideas (here’s May’s list). It’s really easy to incorporate listening into your day.
Here are some simple tips for getting started:
*play the piece you’ve selected a few times
The first listening, play the piece once, having your child just listen.
The next listening, you can add background information on the music and the composer
for the last listening, add an activity:
- a listening log/journal
- coloring a picture as they listen
- movement activity or freeze dance
Hopefully, this gives you some fun ways to experience music together over this next month!