Interpreting Gershwin

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.

About cantorrisa

I am a Cantor, Judaic Studies, and music teacher. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and help people from young to old love being Jewish. I teach and sing in several synagogues and schools in the area. I officiate all life cycle events and teach students, children and adults, privately for their b'nai mitzvah ceremonies. I also enjoy studying Bible with all faiths either individually or in small groups (chevruta). I conduct Shabbat and High Holiday Services at K'hilat Bayt Shira and Senior Communities in the area. In my spare time, I teach key board and guitar. I am married to a wonderful man, have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies are writing, playing and listening to music, learning, reading, crocheting and knitting.
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