Handel’s Fireworks Music | Listening, Facts, Composition
This 12 page resource is a colourful and fun-packed way to enable students to:
- learn about a composer
- practice their listening skills
- enter into a composition activity, inspired by their exploration.
It contains differentiated ideas and sheets that you can use with students of all ages and abilities.
It involves some printing, cutting out and laminating, if so desired.
Musical concepts covered:
- Music history
- Listening and analysing a piece of music
‘Handel’s Firework Music’ is a colourful and fun-packed 12 page resource to enable students to learn about a composer, practice their listening skills and enter into a composition activity, inspired by their exploration.
It incorporates differentiated ideas and sheets that you can use with students of all ages and abilities. It involves some printing, cutting out and laminating, if so desired.
In this pack you will find the following resources:
- Question and Answer: two sheets to cut up into cards about the life of Handel. Suitable for younger students. These can be hidden around the room and the student finds the answers to the questions. Or use them as a simple matching game.
- Fact sheet about Handel, presented as a resume, for older students. They could use the questions from the previous resource and find the answers on the fact sheet.
- Nicest to Nastiest: two sheets. These are some interesting (and a little gruesome) facts about the Royal Fireworks music. Cut them up and make into cards. Students must put the facts in order…nicest to nastiest on the second sheet.
- A Portrait of Handel to display in your music room. (Not an actual one!)
- A Mind map to write ideas on when listening to the Music for the Royal Fireworks. I suggest listening to and watching a performance on YouTube of the Overture and La Rejouissance. The mind map explores instruments and ways the composer creates character.
- A sheet of fireworks images to hand out to encourage younger children to make a collage of words and pictures to inspire their composition.
- Four sheets about the composition activity, set at three different levels: beginner 1 (no notation), beginner 2 (rhythm and note names) and advanced (anyone around grade 2 and beyond). These contain detailed instructions and a sheet of boxes to cut out and use to write/draw and order the composition for the beginners.
Created by Karen Langtree
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