Today I took in George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
It was so well received! The student’s listened, discussed, and when it was over, we interpreted. I asked the kids if they were to draw a picture, translate the music to real life situations, tell a story (interpreting the music), what would you say? One student said that Rhapsody in Blue reminded him of a couple arguing. Another, paired different animals to the different movements. I was watching body language and several of the students were moving to the melodies. Another said it reminded him of a person having his/hers ups and downs. It was a great day.
As we spoke I came up with an idea to bring in one more piece Wednesday, then replay the three pieces: 1812 overture, Rhapsody, and Beethoven’s 5th. Then they will vote on which one they would like to interpret using art. The jumped at it.
If you have any suggestions, let me know.