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Lessons from Literature<BR>Marjie Van Gunten and Sharon Mazion
Lessons from Literature
Marjie Van Gunten and Sharon Mazion
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Each of these 6 lessons use a children's picture book as the springboard for inquiry-based learning in composition and improvisation. The lessons are presented in a sequential order of difficulty and are aimed at students in grades K-3.

The authors write: "Picture books stir the child's imagination and are a great way to create a classroom climate that is artistic and playful. It is important not to anticipate the final 'product' so that the creativity is truly the responsibility of the children. Allowing the children to work deeply in the discovery process is critical to success with composition."

Here are the picture books used and the concepts explored in each lesson. Lessons from this group were presented at the AOSA National Conference in Spokane, WA 2010.

  • Listen to the Rain -- Found sounds as inspiration for composition.
  • The Yellow Umbrella -- Explore, play and sort hand percussion instruments.
  • Calabash Cat -- Explore mallet technique to create a melodic soundscape.
  • Leaf Man -- Combine movement and instrumental sounds to create an operetta.
  • Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me -- Instrument choices add meaning to text.
  • I See a Song -- Graphic images and movement as inspiration for original composition.

Book, 13 pages.
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