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Example projects, tests and activities for the music student

Great ComposersComposers

  1. Find the composer which (1 for each): 1. was the most creative 2. died youngest 3. suffered a lot in his life 4. raised many musical descendants 5. wrote over one hundred symphonies 6. was addicted to alcohol 7. owes his musical career to his revolutionary ballets 8. heared one sound that accompanied all his actions 9. was hampered by deafness 10. left Poland but took its music with him into history
  2. Evaluate some of the composer's works and describe your feelings toward them.
  3. Compare in a table, this composer with another one from the same period but another country. Try to compare them on 5 factors at least - their lives (where they lived, their families, etc.), musical work (forms in which they composed, instruments and ensembles they wrote for, etc.).

Musical PeriodsPeriods

  1. Find a musical period and describe it in all its aspects (music, art, science, political events) with examples and similarities between different disciplines.
  2. Evaluate and decide what was the best period to live in for a composer. Explain your answer.
  3. Compare notation systems through musical periods and describe its development in each period.

Musical FormsForms

  1. Find the structure of these musical works and describe them in an A,B,C scheme.
  2. Listen to Mendelssohn's "Scottish" and "Italian" symphonies, and find images of these countries...
  3. Listen to some musical examples and try to find which one is a... (Rondo, Canon, Fugue...).

Musical InstrumentsMusical instruments

  1. Describe an instrument in terms of a family tree or a description of its dynasty, including ancestors instruments and instruments that were developed from it. Find information about each instrument you mention and describe the exact connections between them all.
  2. Find the musical instrument behind each sound that you hear...
  3. Listen to the Mid-Eastern Musical Instruments and select which is the one you liked best. Could you explain why you have liked its sound most.
  4. Compare the four members of the string family in all aspects. Use a table to show the differences and similarities.
  5. Suggest a plan to build a musical instrument made of materials around you, such as paper, sand, wood and everyday objects. Give a name and draw this future instrument. Can you tell to what family of instruments your new instrument belongs. Can you guess what kind of a sound will it have.
  6. Find at least 10 good web sites, about this instrument. Try to be selective in terms of quality and diversity of these web sites.

Art & MusicMusic and art

  1. Find pictures from the history of art that resemble musical forms and methods, such as Ostinato, Canon, Rondo etc.
  2. Match the musical parts you hear and the photographs in here. Explain why you matched each pair.
  3. Compare by listening to 3 of the programme works that are mentioned in the text and decide: 1. which has the highest fidelity to the subject it describes? 2. which has the most interesting story? 3. which one you like most, why?
  4. Listen to some musical examples and try to find which one can "picture" images of rain, a calm sea, storm, flight of birds...
  5. Draw your own pictures to describe Mussorgsky's music for 3 of the different Pictures at an Exhibition.
  6. Find information about this style of art and look in the internet for 10 pictures or sculptures of this style.

Nations in the classical music historyNationalities

  1. Search the internet for information about this country and its culture. Describe its music, art and other cultural characteristics.
  2. Select two countries and compare them in terms of the main composers, folk dances, popular folk musical instruments, etc. Find on the Internet some musical audio or MIDI samples of their folk music.

Music JukeboxListening

  1. Find a musical masterpiece that: 1. was dedicated to the composer's doctor 2. was written for a festive cruise 3. represents the bee humming while flying 4. reached the top of the pop charts 5. presents the instruments of the orchestra 6. describes cocks and chickens
  2. Evaluate what the most beautiful classical work that you've heard is and what the reasons are you liked it. If you did not like any of the classical music works, explain why you don't like them.
  3. Compare the Four Seasons of Vivaldi and describe what the musical effects are he uses to describe each season.

Music in the moviesMusic in the movies

  1. Find musical parts, from the classical repertoire, to accompany scenes of: 1. horror 2. love 3. dream 4. nature 5. storm 6. race 7. comedy
  2. Watch a movie in which one of the musical works was played, and describe how it was used in the movie, and your attitude toward the results (was it suitable to the scene and why?).
  3. Compare from which period were the most used musical works in the movies (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century)?

World musicWorld music & Styles

  1. Find what kind of ethnic music: 1. is influenced also from Korean music 2. is a Gypsy guitar music 3. is a form of worship and meditation?.
  2. Evaluate what the ethnic music is you like most and explain why. What do you know about this music? what are the musical instruments and what are the characteristics of the music?
  3. Compare Arabic, Chinese, Indian and American country music and try to describe the similarities and differences between them.

Listening guideFamous Musical works

  1. Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune - Draw the mythical creature, the Faun, which is half man, half beast (goat's horns, tail and legs) - at dawn, deep in the forest. After finishing, compare your drawing to your pals' ones.
  2. Ravel's Boléro - Create, with your friends, a musical composition, which opens with a single drum repeating a fixed rhythm and a repeating melody with changes of key. Do that in a live performance or with musical software.
  3. Smetana's Vltava - Select a folk song you know and make it into an anthem for your school, by writing suitable words upon the original melody.
  4. Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Find 4 photos which might represent the 4 seasons of the year and create a computer presentation dedicated to Vivaldi's works. Provide information upon the work, add musical selections from it etc.
  5. Bach's Double Violin Concerto - Listen to the first movement of the concerto and try to draw a line representing each of the solo violins in this work. Is it hard? Try to explain why.
  6. Handel's Water Music - Compose, by yourself, the music to be played while sailing on a boat on the river. Imagine the king with his people listening to your music and use a sequencer or notation software to give them the appropriate music.
  7. Sibelius's Finlandia - Do research about the struggle for independence of the Finnish people (use encyclopedias, books and the Internet) and write a historic story about a Finnish kid like you during this period.
  8. Allegri's Miserere - The boy Mozart once heard this complicated and long piece and wrote its entire score from the memory. Could you do the same? Write down the notes of a song you heard lately on MTV, or study how to play it by heart, using the musical keyboard, in case you feel that musical notes aren't perfect for you.
  9. J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion - Write down your personal opinion about music and religion - can religious music written by a church musician such as J.S. Bach, telling the story of Jesus Christ, be heard by anyone from any religion and still be as wonderful as it is for a Christian listener?
  10. Elgar's Enigma Variations - We will never know what enigma Elgar meant in his famous variations. Could you guess what kind of enigmatic ideas he could have had while composing them. Listen to all the parts of the work in order to decide.
  11. Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata - The first part of this sonata was used in many pop songs during the years. Could you invent a melody of your own in which these chords will be its accompaniment. You may also use Rap for the words along with the music.
  12. Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 - The motif that opens the symphony resembles the letter "V" in Morse code. Find the code on the Internet (or use encyclopedia) and write down the words "Ludwig van Beethoven" in Morse code. Can you click the code as man had done in the past, while using this code as a prominent means of communication?
  13. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 - Listen to the 4th movement of the symphony and recognize its form (like A B A..).
  14. Britten's Young Person's Guide - Britten has chosen quite an interesting way to present the symphony orchestra. Think and offer a better way, in your opinion, to expose these instruments to children of your age.
  15. Holst's The Planets - Listen to "The Planets" and write down the different characteristics of each movement of the work. Compare the real characteristics of each planet (use encyclopedias, books and the Internet to study about them) and decide if Holst did a good job in reflecting the planets with the music.
  16. Mahler's Symphony No. 1 - Mahler built the third movement of this symphony on the melody of a French children's song known as "Frere Jacques". Listen to this movement. Then select a children song you like, and compose a second voice which sounds good with the melody of the song you have chosen. You can do that with computer software (a notation program or a sequencer) or write it down with notes and sing or play it with a friend of yours.
  17. Mozart's Requiem - Mozart student, Süssmayr, finished this Requiem, after Mozart's death. Could you compose a tune which begins with these 3 tones...
  18. Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition - Mussorgsky's exhibition descibes some interesting musical images. If you would compose such a piece, what 10 images would you like to describe.
  19. Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee - Rimsky-Korsakov's musical description was not the only case of musical works which describe animals and other living creatures. Find the names of other 5 musical pieces of such.
  20. Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez - Some pop writers used Rodrigo's famous melody from the 'Concierto de Aranjuez' inside their music. Select a classical theme you like from our Classical Jukebox and write a song which uses this melody with your own words. Use a sequencer to record the song.
  21. Schubert's Trout Quintet - Make research on the trout (use encyclopedias, books and the Internet) and find photos and even videos of this fish.
  22. Schumann's Scenes from Childhood - Part 2 of Schumann's work is called 'A strange story'. Compose music of your own with the same programme. Use a notation program or a sequencer to compose your music.
  23. J. Strauss's Blue Danube - The famous music from 'The Blue Danube' appeared in a lot of movies. Watch one movie from the list and find the scene where Strauss's music is played. Explain in your own words what the music adds the scene and how it is done.
  24. Stravinsky's Firebird - This work has been written as ballet music. Plan a ballet which uses this music and explain how you are going to deal with the original idea and story of the work on your choreography.
  25. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker - Listen to the 'Waltz of the Flowers' from the 'Nutcracker' and recognize its form (like A B A..).
  26. Bizet's Carmen - Listen to the melody of 'Habenera' from the opera and write your own lyrics to this wonderful melody. The lyrics should deal with love and what it is for you. Can you perofrm the final song? Can you record it sung with the MIDI file using a sequencer program?

Music basicsMusic Basics

  1. In the Tempo, Rhythm & Meter lesson, you may study the rhythm. Using these notes durations, write down the rhythms.

Classical ensemblesEnsembles

  1. The symphony orchestra - Examine the evolution of the symphony orchestra between the 17th to the 20th century and describe in your words what the differences between each century to its predecessor were (what musical instruments joined the orchestra and what instruments disappeared, how the orchestra sounds in each century etc.).
  2. Select a type of musical ensemble and create a presentation for your class, dealing with its history, instruments, active ensembles of such in the world, etc. The presentation should include musical recordings, images, videos and any suitable media to demonstrate this kind of ensemble.
  3. Select a type of musical ensemble. Find and download at least 5 musical samples of this ensemble from the Internet. Now find and download at least 5 musical samples which are played by other kinds of ensembles. Let your pals guess which of the recordings was played by this kind of ensemble and which was played by another kind. Was it hard to guess? Think why.

Music AlmanacMusic Almanac

  1. Find what happened in the history of music on the day of the year: 1. you were born 2. your music teacher was born 3. one of your pals was born 4. December 31

Educational metronomeEducational Metronome

  1. Select a tune you know how to play (or sing, if you cannot play any musical instrument yet), go to the metronome page and play it in the different tempi (tempos). Decide which tempo is most suitable. Now play the same tune to your pals and let them select. Compare your selection to theirs.

Music CreativityCreativity

  1. Compose a full melody from these first few notes and compare your musical composition with your pals'.
  2. You have a melody without pitches (only rhythmic part). Change the height of the tones using a notation program or a sequencer in order to create your own unique melody.
  3. Compose a tune with only... (3 notes, 5 notes, 8 notes, the all chromatic scale)
  4. Compose an ostinato to accompany one of these melodies...
  5. Compose a tune to play with this ostinato...
  6. Select a classical theme you like from our Classical Jukebox and write your own words for this melody. Use a sequencer to record the song or perform it with the accompaniment of the computer.


  1. Click on these rhythms (, ) and improvise with your voice (or your musical instrument).

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