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Listening Fun

Listening Fun provides Active Listening Activities for Grade 1-6 students using scarves, tennis balls and movement.

  • introduction with many helpful suggestions for teachers
  • teacher's guide with student reproducibles, lesson plans and movement instructions
  • lesson plans with objectives, assessment strategies and alignment to national standards
  • reproducible biographies of the composers that are represented in this kit
  • movement activities using scarves and tennis balls
  • guides-at-a-glance for use to avoid holding long written out sheets when teaching
  • Digital Resources Disk with PowerPoint, Smartboard and QuickTime movies of routines, composer biographies and lesson information
  • CD of all music used within this guide & DVD with all routines within this guide

Listening Examples Include:

  1. “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, op. 46 by Edvard Grieg (movement or tennis balls)
  2. “Bydlo,” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (scarves)
  3. “Wedding March,” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn (tennis balls)
  4. “Morning,” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, op. 46 by Edvard Grieg (scarves)
  5. Gigue, from Amadis de Gaule by Johann Christian Bach (tennis balls)
  6. Badinerie, from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor , BMV 1067by Johann Sebastian Bach (scarves)
  7. Prelude, from Holberg Suite, op. 40 by Edvard Grieg (tennis balls)
  8. “The Great Gate of Kiev,” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky
  9. “Promenade,” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (scarves)
  10. Hornpipe, from Water Music Suite in F Major by George Frideric Handel (scarves)
  11. Gavotte, from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BMV 1068 by J.S. Bach (tennis balls)

Each movement routine comes with:

  • a lesson plan detailing how to approach teaching the specific concept addressed in the music
  • an expanded movement guide giving step by step instructions on how to perform each move
  • a one page Guide-at-a-Glance with timings for quick reference in class
  • a biography of the composer and information about the piece

There are three additional disks included with this collection that give teachers the following:

  • a QuickTime movie of the routine
  • a CD recording of the piece used
  • a PowerPoint presentation highlighting major concepts
  • a DVD with video footage of all the routines in the book

More Listening Fun

More Listening Fun provides active listening lessons with parachutes, paper plates, scarves and ribbons that will engage your students and get them excited about listening to classical music! The collection includes an audio CD and a Digital Resources Disk with PowerPoints to aid in teaching the routines and concepts, movies about the composers and QuickTime videos of each activity. The teacher’s guide includes lessons aligned to national standards, reproducible composer biographies, reproducible visuals - listening logs, beat charts, dynamics cards, form cards, texture visuals - to aid in teaching concepts.

Listening Examples Include:

1. “Bourrée” from Music for the Royal Fireworks by George F. Handel

2. “La Rejouissance” from Music for the Royal Fireworks by George F. Handel

3. Serenade No. 13 in G major, K 525, 16 3 Eine kleine Nachtmusik “Menuetto” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

4. “Overture to Act II” from Swan Lake by Peter Tchaikovsky

5. “Little Red Riding Hood” from Sleeping Beauty by Peter Tchaikovsky

6. Waltz in D-flat major, op. 64, No. 1, Minute Waltz by Frederic Chopin

7. “Hungarian Dance No. 1” by Johannes Brahms

8. Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, op. 214 by Johann Strauss, Jr.

9. “Gavotte en rondeau” from Ballet du Roi by Jean Baptiste Lully

10. “Argonaise” from Carmen Suite no. 1 by Georges Bizet


Audio: Gigue
Audio: Great Gate Kiev
Audio: La Rejouissance
Audio: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Audio: Hungarian Dance No. 1
Book: More Listening Fun
Book: Listening Log Sample 
Book: Listening Fun

Digital Resources Sample - More Listening Fun