It’s November! I know this is a little late, but I decided to post it anyway. For me, time seems to fly by once Halloween passes. It feels like the holiday season has officially arrived! In case you needed some listening inspiration for the month, here are some suggested pieces and activities for November!
Here are the special days we are celebrating in the States this November:
Special Days in November
- Veteran’s Day, November 11th (observed Friday, November 10th)
- Thanksgiving, November 23rd
Suggested Playlist for November
- The Seasons, November, Troika, Tchaikovsky
- The Seasons, Autumn, Haydn
- String Quartet No. 15, Hymn of Thanksgiving, Beethoven
- Simple Gifts, Aaron Copland
- Over the River and Through the Woods
- Patriot’s Song Medley, Arr. D. Wyrtzen
- All Things Bright and Beautiful
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 September’s list). It’s really easy to incorporate listening into your day.
Here are some simple tips for getting started:
*You will play the piece you’ve selected a few times
- The first day, 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
If you’re not sure what kinds of activities you could add for step 3, here are some possible activities:
- bring out your music time basket! Fill it with small instruments (like egg shakers), puppets, stuffed animals, scarves, and bean bags
- retell the music- put on a puppet show to tell the story of the music.
- dance to the music-see what moves they come up with on their own! You can add scarves or bean bags to mix it up.
Hopefully, this gives you some fun ways to listen to music together during this month!
If you are looking for patriotic songs to use for Veteran’s Day, be sure to check out this post. You can also find some ideas for Thanksgiving activities here: