Lower Elementary Goes to France

Lower Elementary Goes to France

Lower Elementary is exploring music from all around the world from now until winter break. For the first three weeks, we have been in France.

Songs

Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds (Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Feet)

Un éléphant se balançait (One Elephant Was Swinging on a Spider Web)

J’ai perdu le do de ma clarinette (I Have Lost the C of My Clarinet)

Listening

Django Reinhardt, “The Best of Django Reinhardt”

Claude Debussy, “Debussy: Images 1 & 2 and Children’s Corner”, pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Claude Debussy, “Debussy: La Mer & Prélude À L’après-midi D’un Faun”, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saëns. “The Carnival of the Animals

Eric Satie, Gnossienne, Nos. 1-3; Gymnopédie nº 1, pianist Patrick Cohen

Maurice Ravel, “Bolero”, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

All listening music is available as part of the listening library in the classroom. We listen during music lessons and the students are encouraged to listen on their own.

Books

Django 

We read this delightful book in class last week. The children were interested in Django’s story and how he came back from a horrific injury to his left hand to become one of the world’s greatest guitar players.

 The Carnival of the Animals

This book, with new verse by Jack Prelutsky, and illustrations by Mary GrandPré, has a companion CD. This will be our book for class on September 28.

 Strange Mr. Satie

Hilarious depiction of one of the first “surrealists.”

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