GREAT PERFORMANCES offers online lesson plans and activities for elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. The series' programs may be taped and used for educational purposes. In addition, schools, libraries, and other institutions can purchase videotapes and/or DVDs of some GREAT PERFORMANCES programs through ShopPBS for Teachers.
Peter and the Wolf
Sergei Prokofiev wrote "Peter and the Wolf" in 1936 to introduce children to classical music. In this lesson, melodies from "Peter and the Wolf" are used to introduce students to pitch, rhythm and meter. Students also explore melodic shape using movement and drawing to represent melodies.
Musical Theater: "Company"
Students will form opinions about social attitudes and stereotypes; analyze quotes and songs to determine character traits, themes, and conflicts within the story; and discuss social attitudes and stereotypes presented in the musical.
Regional Performance: Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago
Students will research information about the blues and its origins, compare and contrast blues performances in terms of style and artistry, and discuss or write about how the blues has influenced modern music.
Dance: Nureyev: The Russian Years
Students will envision life in a communist country, compare and contrast the rights of U.S. citizens to those of people who lived in communist Russia, and present a research project related to the Cold War era.
Regional Performance: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story
Students will analyze various musical clips, learn about and understand the characteristics of soul music, and conduct research and create a multimedia presentation about a Stax recording artist.