Ch 3: Classical Music of the 1800s & 1900s Lesson Plans

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It's easy to successfully teach your students about classical music of the 1800s and 1900s with this engaging lesson plan chapter. The lesson plans, resources and activities provided here cover a variety of different topics that are sure to interest and engage your students.

Classical Music of the 1800s & 1900s Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This informative chapter offers lesson plans, activities and other resources you can use to teach classical music of the 1800s and 1900s. Lesson plans cover specific composers like Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Brahms and more. These resources offer histories, biographies and the background information you need to teach about these topics. All of our materials are created by professional instructors who know how to teach these topics successfully.

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29 Lessons in Chapter 3: Classical Music of the 1800s & 1900s Lesson Plans
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Beethoven Lesson Plan for Elementary School

1. Beethoven Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about Beethoven with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains his life and musical work, discuss and interact with content, then work cooperatively on a project to show understanding.

Beethoven Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

2. Beethoven Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

The deaf German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven was very influential to the music field. He lived in the last 1700's and early 1800's, but his music is still played and heard today around the world. In this lesson you will learn about Beethoven and his life.

Beethoven Lesson Plan

3. Beethoven Lesson Plan

Your students have likely heard of Beethoven, but what do they know about his life and work? This lesson plan uses both text and video lessons to summarize his personal and professional experiences and an activity to reinforce this composer's importance.

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Biography, Facts & Music

4. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Biography, Facts & Music

While many people have heard of Beethoven, and even recognize the introduction to ''Symphony Number 9'' or the ''Ode to Joy'', few know must the depths of this particular composer's influence on Classical music. Learn about his life and his music and test your knowledge with a quiz!

Beethoven: Symphonies & Shift from Classical to Romantic

5. Beethoven: Symphonies & Shift from Classical to Romantic

It's not every day that a musician comes along and changes the world's perception of music, but that's just what Ludwig van Beethoven did. In this lesson, we'll explore how his nine symphonies helped inspire the intense 19th-century musical style called Romanticism.

Romantic Music Lesson Plan

6. Romantic Music Lesson Plan

Educate your students about Romantic music with this lesson plan. They will view a video lesson, take a related quiz to follow up, and participate in activities to reinforce some concepts they learned.

Characteristics of Romantic Era Music: Emotion & Dynamic Contrast

7. Characteristics of Romantic Era Music: Emotion & Dynamic Contrast

This lesson gives a brief snapshot of two popular Romantic era trends: highly emotional music and dynamic contrast. Learn why composers liked using these techniques and how they were able to incorporate them into their music.

Frederic Chopin Lesson Plan

8. Frederic Chopin Lesson Plan

Teach your students about Frederic Chopin with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson explaining his life and work, listen to sample compositions, discuss his contribution to music, then aply learning to an activity.

Frederic Chopin: Biography, Music & Facts

9. Frederic Chopin: Biography, Music & Facts

This lesson explores the career of composer, performer, and teacher Frederic Chopin and will focus on a few of his smaller compositions. Despite his short life, discover how Chopin came to be known as 'the poet of the piano'.

Franz Schubert Lesson Plan

10. Franz Schubert Lesson Plan

In this lesson, we immerse our students in the music and life of Franz Schubert through reading an informational text on his life before delving deeper and analyzing a piece of Schubert music with a partner.

In the Hall of the Mountain King Lesson Plan

11. In the Hall of the Mountain King Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the composer of the song 'In the Hall of the Mountain King,' Edvard Grieg, with this lesson plan. Students will read about and discuss Grieg's life, work, and accomplishments before applying their new knowledge to an activity.

Edvard Grieg: Compositions & Biography

12. Edvard Grieg: Compositions & Biography

Have you ever been to Norway? Maybe you've heard music written by one of the country's greatest composers. In this lesson, we will explore the life and music of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

Tchaikovsky Lesson Plan

13. Tchaikovsky Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's life and works. Students will read a text lesson, discuss how an artist's life influences their work, and reimagine a piece of music in their own context.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Biography, Music & Death

14. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Biography, Music & Death

Pyotr Tchaikovsky was a popular Russian composer whose life was tormented with personal issues, but he lived at a time when he could express those doubts and anxieties through his music. This lesson will refer to some of those and other musical examples, and also examine his controversial death.

Peter and the Wolf Lesson Plan

15. Peter and the Wolf Lesson Plan

Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf? Teach your class about the origins of Peter and the Wolf with a brief text lesson and activity followed by oral and visual presentations of the classic. Related lesson and extensions provide opportunities for future instruction.

Peter & the Wolf: Composer, Story & Music

16. Peter & the Wolf: Composer, Story & Music

'Peter and the Wolf' is a musical tale written by Sergei Prokofiev. Review the story and learn about the music and the composer. At the end, take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Tchaikovsky Lesson Plan for Elementary School

17. Tchaikovsky Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Students will read a text lesson about the artist, listen to and analyze his work, and then use their new learning to create a biographical project.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

18. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Have you ever heard of the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky? You may not know his name, but you have almost certainly heard some of his music! Read on to learn about the life of this famous composer.

The Carnival of the Animals Lesson Plan

19. The Carnival of the Animals Lesson Plan

This lesson plan for 'The Carnival of the Animals' will help you introduce classical music to students, showing them how it can be used to paint an aural picture of different animals and asking them to use technical terms to describe each.

The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens

20. The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens

The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns is a colorful and popular work for two pianos and small orchestra. It is often performed in concerts as a way of introducing classical music to audiences.

Giuseppe Verdi Lesson Plan

21. Giuseppe Verdi Lesson Plan

Educate your students about opera composer Giuseppe Verdi with this lesson plan. Students will study a text lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and participate in an activity that will help reinforce key learning.

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi: Biography, Operas & Facts

22. Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi: Biography, Operas & Facts

Composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) dominated Italian opera during the second half of the 19th century. Follow his rise to fame and learn about the important contributions he made to this enduring art form.

Giuseppe Verdi Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. Giuseppe Verdi Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about musical composer Giuseppe Verdi with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography and overview of his work, then apply to fun activities to make learning last.

Giuseppe Verdi: Lesson for Kids

24. Giuseppe Verdi: Lesson for Kids

If we were going to name a musical composer 'King of the Italian Opera,' it would be Giuseppe Verdi. Read on to learn about Verdi's life and the famous operas that he wrote.

Johannes Brahms Lesson Plan

25. Johannes Brahms Lesson Plan

Educate your students about composer Johannes Brahms with the help of this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a follow-up quiz, and then participate in three activities that will help to reinforce newly-learned material.

Stravinsky Lesson Plan

26. Stravinsky Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses a text-based lesson to teach your students about Igor Stravinsky. Students will read about his life, work, and impact on music, ask and answer discussion questions, work in cooperative groups to apply concepts, and take a quiz.

Igor Stravinsky: Biography, Music & Facts

27. Igor Stravinsky: Biography, Music & Facts

Igor Stravinsky first challenged audiences with his The Rite of Spring. Since then, Stravinsky built an impressive career that managed to not only incorporate new techniques of composing, but also that challenged many norms of the day.

Erlkonig Lesson Plan

28. Erlkonig Lesson Plan

Students will learn about Erlkonig in this lesson plan. They will preview the song before delving into an informational text. Students have choice and voice in their performance tasks in this lesson plan.

The Planets Music Lesson Plan

29. The Planets Music Lesson Plan

Consider using this lesson to introduce students to 'The Planets.' Students will listen to the orchestral suite and draw pictures to visualize the music. Additionally, students will create a skit to go with the music of one of the movements.

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