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Publications: Creative Afternoons

Kadoro Klassics Project
Creative Afternoons
Volume I: A Teacher/Parent Activity Workbook
on the Lives and Music of Early Baroque Composers

Exerpts:
Foreword
Critical Listening and Evaluation
Get to Know the Composer (PDF)
The Listening Circle Instruction
My Listening Circle Activity (PDF)


 

  
Foreword

Kadoro Klassics is proud to introduce the first in an eight-volume series of the Classical Composers Educational Series entitled Creative Afternoons Volume I: A Teacher/Parent Activity Workbook on the Lives and Music of Early Baroque Composers. This series combines listening activities of the music CD, Creative Afternoons: Classical Music for Children, with a set of stimulating and effective activity workbooks that educate children about the lives and music of famous composers.

Created for use by teachers in the classroom and parents in the home, these listening/learning activities are designed to raise levels of concentration by providing enlightening exercises that enhance reading, comprehension and memory skills in an innovative and motivational way. Kadoro Klassics music/workbook series creates a learning environment that is both educational and enjoyable.

Each workbook volume contains activities in music vocabulary, musical ear development, music history, creative exploration, and imagination stimulation. Discover and explore this new and uniquely challenging educational tool and enjoy the results of your child’s progress in academic and creative endeavors. The workbooks also include a copy of biographical excerpts from the Creative Afternoons Music for Children CD booklet, containing introductions to the lives of the many great composers of classical music and pronunciations for each composer’s name. The project is designed to
introduce classical music to the young listener to help develop an appreciation for music and the arts as it stimulates the development of the brain.

Creative Afternoons: Classical Music for Children is the first volume of recorded works for children by Kadoro Klassics. It combines the effects of using classical music to help encourage greater attentiveness, better focus, and higher levels of concentration with the calming effect that classical music brings to a learning environment, producing powerful and positive long-term results.

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Kadoro Klassics Project
Creative Afternoons
Volume I: A Teacher/Parent Activity Workbook
on the Lives and Music of Early Baroque Composers

Exerpts:
Foreword
Critical Listening and Evaluation
Get to Know the Composer (PDF)
The Listening Circle Instruction
My Listening Circle Activity (PDF)


 

   
The Listening Circle of Instructions (p.69)

Teacher/Parent Notes

Step One

Music is the expression of a combination of many thoughts, emotions, and reflections, and these can be utilized to encourage students to creatively express their own thoughts, feelings and ideas when listening to a piece of music.

The Listening Circle activity promotes the skills of aural concentration as it creatively enhances the awareness of comparison and contrast. This activity lists descriptive and contrasting adjectives that are appropriate for many of the pieces on the Creative Afternoons CD. Images have been
provided to help enhance the idea of different temperaments.

During the designated listening time, play the following pieces from Creative Afternoons one at a
time:

Minuet in D Minor, by Jean-Baptiste Lully (Track 21)
Trumpet Tune, by Henry Purcell (Track 18)
Carnival Scene, by François Couperin (Track 25)

Step Two

To further sharpen analytical listening skills for this activity, listen to a number of pieces from the CD
with the students, and ask them to identify songs that either match the temperament or are the
opposite temperament of the pieces by Lully, Purcell, and Couperin in Step One of the activity.

Extension Activity

For a variation on the activity, provide the students with extra paper and encourage them to draw
their own pictorial representations of the temperaments they identified in the pieces by Lully, Purcell,
and Couperin.

Definition of Musical Terms

Temperament—refers to the character or mood of the piece.
Example: The song “Happy Birthday” has a temperament that is joyful.

© Karen Walwyn

 

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