Mozart Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the great artist Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Students will read an informational biography on Mozart then discuss his life and accomplishments before watching an engaging video outlining specific operas, concertos, and symphonies.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss Mozart's life and contribution to music
  • identify and explain characteristics of Mozart's music


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • Classical era
  • Opera
  • Opera buffa
  • Symphony
  • Movements
  • Don Giovanni
  • Symphony no. 40 in G Minor
  • Concerto

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.9-10.2

Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


  • The night before the lesson, ask students to read the lesson Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Biography, Compositions & Accomplishments for homework.
    • Help students to organize their reading by instructing them to do a '4-Square' note-taking activity as they read. For those unfamiliar with the method, they will divide a piece of paper into four squares, label as follows, and fill out accordingly:
  1. Title
  2. Questions
  3. Main Ideas
  4. Summary

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