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To Vienna with Music from From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration
Grades: 9-12
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This lesson plan can be utilized with each year's GREAT PERFORMANCES broadcast of the New Year's Day Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic. In this lesson students will view the program; explore the world of Strauss waltzes, polkas, and marches; create a presentation about the cultural life of Vienna; and design a musical extravaganza.


1. Students will research the history, art, music, and architecture of Vienna and make an oral presentation.

2. Students will respond to music through movement.

3. Students will design a musical production.

A tape of the GREAT PERFORMANCES program FROM VIENNA: THE NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION and recordings of Strauss waltzes, polkas, and marches.

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The Arts

Music standards
Understands the relationship between music and history and culture.

Language Arts
Writing: Gathers and uses information for research purposes.
Viewing: Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.
Reading: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts.
Listening and Speaking: Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.

Working with Others
Contributes to the overall effort of a group.

This lesson was originally prepared by Bay Breeze in 2002 and revised in December 2005.

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