BCP DRAFT MUSIC 35

Kindergarten - Music - Lesson 24 - Suite for Orchestra No. 3

Objectives

Listen to a recording of Suite for Orchestra No. 3 by J. S. Bach.

Review and recognize basic musical instruments by sight.

Begin to recognize sounds of some instruments.

Materials

Recording of Suite for Orchestra No. 3 by J. S. Bach (recommendations below)

Books with pictures of musical instruments

Recommended Recordings

The Four Orchestral Suites, The Brandenburg Consort, Roy Goodman directing. Hyperion Records, London. LC7533 [CD].

Bach Orchestral Suites Nos. 2 & 3, Marlboro Festival Orchestra, Pablo Casals directing.

Sony SMK 45892 [CD].

Recommended Book Titles

Ardley, Neil. Music. New York: Knopf, 1989.

An "Eyewitness Book." Musical instruments are introduced through full color photographs.

Hausherr, Rosemarie. What Instrument is This? New York: Scholastic, 1992.

Identifies an array of musical instruments and discusses how they sound.

Vernon, Roland. Introducing Bach. Parsippany, NJ: Silver Burdett, 1996.

This over-sized text examines the childhood and early musical training of J. S. Bach as well as the influences and historical events that shaped his adult life. Excerpts may be read aloud. Good illustrations.

Teacher Interesting Fact: In 1977 the Voyager spacecraft was launched with a gold-plated record on board, ready to play if the craft should ever meet life on another planet. The first communication representing humans to extraterrestrials is Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 (From Introducing Bach by Roland Vernon).

Procedure

Say: Today we are going to listen to some orchestra music. Ask: Do you remember what an orchestra is? (Review Music Lesson 14--Carnival of the Animals, allow children to name some of the instruments introduced in that lesson.)

Say: The person who wrote the music we are going to listen to today is a famous composer. A composer is a person who writes music. The composer we are going to learn about today is J. S. Bach. The letters J. S. stand for his first and middle name, Johann Sebastian, his last name is Bach.

Johann Sebastian Bach came from a family of musicians. He had many children of his own; many of them studied music. Bach was a great organist. He wrote a lot of church music for the organ. Ask: Have you ever seen a church organ? (Show a picture of a church organ from one of the books listed above.)

BCP DRAFT MUSIC 36

Kindergarten - Music - Lesson 24 - Suite for Orchestra No. 3

Bach also wrote music for the orchestra. Today we are going to listen to music written for an orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach. The name of this music is Suite for Orchestra No. 3.

Listen to the music.

Explain that an air is a simple tune for voice or instrument and that a gavotte is a dance. Explain that in classical music a suite is a collection of several different dance pieces (gavotte, sarabande, gigue, etc.) even though when they were written down people didn't actually dance to them, usually they just listened to the music.

Allow children to dance to the music.

Basic Gavotte Dance:

Partners stand in a circle facing into the center shoulder to shoulder. Partners touch one another's palms by bending the arm up slightly. Partners take small steps into the center of the circle in rhythm to the music. Point right toe. Take small steps out from center. Turn to face partner. In rhythm, pat own thighs twice, partner's hands twice, own thighs twice, clap own hands twice. Repeat. The whole dance is repeated again.