Vivaldi Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Who was Antonio Vivaldi and what impact did he make in the world of music? This lesson plan opens with a factual text lesson to teach students about his life work and closes with an activity to highlight his musical contributions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the life and work of Antonio Vivaldi
  • list the musical contributions of Antonio Vivaldi


  • 1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


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


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.


  • An audio clip one of Vivaldi's well-known compositions
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Antonio Vivaldi: Biography, Music & Facts
  • An audio clip of one of Vivaldi's concerto
  • An audio clip of one of Vivaldi's operas
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Access to the Internet
  • Devices with sound for students to use to access the Internet


  • Play the audio clip of one of Vivaldi's well known compositions for the class.
    • Does anyone recognize this music?
    • Can anyone guess the name of the composer?
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson now, one per student.
  • Have the students read the introduction and 'Il Preto Rosso' section of the text lesson now.
    • Where is Venice?
    • Why might Vivaldi have been nicknamed 'the red priest'?
  • Now have the class read the 'Vivaldi's Early Years' and 'At the Ospedale' sections of the text lesson.
    • What is a violin master?
  • Instruct the class to read the 'Vivaldi's Concerti' section of the text lesson.
  • Play the audio clip of one of Vivaldi's concerti for the class now.
    • What stands out to you in the music you just heard?
  • Tell the class to read the 'Vivaldi's Operas' section of the text lesson now.
  • Play the audio clip of Vivaldi's opera for the class now.
    • What stands out to you in that selection of opera from Vivaldi?
  • Have the class read the rest of the text lesson now.
    • How does Vivaldi's demise impact his overall legacy?
  • Pass out the worksheet and ask students to work independently to complete it.

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