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Summit and Ixonia Elementary Music

Fourth Grade Feature

The fourth graders are attending the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert on Tuesday, February 9th. The theme for this year's concert is "Heroes." "Whether real or fictional, heroes can inspire us to do great things, like standing up for what we believe in, persevering when things are tough, or following our dreams. As you listen to the music on this concert, I hope it will inspire you to think about your heroes!" (Taken from the MSO Teacher Resource Guide)


Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland

Overture to West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein

Concerto No 1 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 15, Movement 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing by John Rosamond Johnson

"The Ride of the Valkries" from Die Walkure by Richard Wagner

"Cinderella's Waltz" and "Midnight" from Suite No. 1 from Cinderella, Opus 107 by Sergei Prokofiev

"Hedwig's Theme" from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and "Main Title" from Star Wars by John Wiliams


The activities that the fourth graders have been doing in music class to prepare them for the concert are detailed below.

Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland

The fourth graders listened for which instruments they heard in the music and brainstormed descriptive words to describe the music.
Fanfare for the Common Man - “The Presidents Own®” U.S. Marine Band®

"Hedwigs Theme" from Harry Potter and "Main Theme" from Star Wars by John Williams.

I played "Hedwig's Theme" from Harry Potter on flute, and the fourth grade students watched and listened to the clip below of John Williams conducting the "Main Theme" from Star Wars.
John Williams Conducts The Main Theme From Star Wars

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" by John Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson

Fourth graders learned about the historical significance of this song composed by two twentieth century African-American figures. This song was composed for a celebration of Lincoln's Birthday and was later adopted by the NAACP as the group's official song. We have been practicing this song a number of times, as the first verse will be sung at the concert by all in attendance. :)
Lift Every Voice and Sing with Lyrics

Overture to West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein

The fourth grade students learned about the plot of West Side Story, which is a 1950's American version of Romeo and Juliet. The students also watched the three songs that will be heard in the Overture to West Side Story: "Mambo," "Maria," and "Tonight."
West Side Story - Mambo!
West Side Story-Maria
West Side Story-Tonight

"The Ride of the Valkries" from the Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner

Fourth grade students imagined and created their very own superhero. The students then imagined their superhero doing actions to the piece "The Ride of the Valkries."
Richard Wagner - The ride of the Valkyries from "Die Walküre"

"Cinderella's Waltz" and "Midnight" from the Cinderella Ballet by Sergei Prokofiev

The fourth graders discussed the Cinderella story and why Cinderella may be considered "heroic." The students then watched a clip of the Cinderella ballet, while listening for the twelve strokes at midnight from the chimes and also the woodblock marking the passage of time. The waltz starts around 1:20:00 and ends around 1:25:00.
Sylvie Guillem: Cinderella

Concerto No. 1 in C major for Piano and Orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven (Movement 1 only)

Fourth grade students will learn about concerto form and use their imaginations to draw to the piece. This piece will be performed by a student from Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School from Sun Prairie!
L. van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1 - 1st movement (Part 1)

Mrs. Sherry Jenkel

I teach general music at Summit Elementary and Ixonia Elementary (5K and 1st grade).
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