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.
Language Arts http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/SubjectTopics.asp?SubjectID=7
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.