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The Violin and Its Masters from The Art of Violin
Grades: 7-12
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The violin, a four-stringed instrument tuned at intervals of a fifth and played with a bow, has the capability to produce an amazing array of sounds that both express and evoke a wide range of human feelings and emotions. In this lesson students research the history of the violin, its manufacture, and the musicians who have mastered the art of creative expression through this instrument.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES:


1. Students will research the manufacture, history, and classical performers of the violin and make an oral presentation.

2. Students will research the life of Isaac Stern or Hilary Hahn and write a speech based on what they learn.

3. Students will explore different elements of playing the violin and relate them to their own life experiences.

4. Students will respond to a piece of violin music through art and creative writing.


Bookmark the following sites:

http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Music/Artists/By_Genre/Classical/By_Instrument/Violin/
http://library.thinkquest.org/27178/en/index.html
http://www.gussetviolins.com/newhome.htm
http://www.isaacstern.com/
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/mao/index.html
http://www.booknotes.org/Transcript/?ProgramID=1551
http://www.hilaryhahn.com/
http://www.stringsmagazine.com/issues/strings80/CoverStory.shtml
http://www.grovemusic.com


STANDARDS:

The Arts

Music standards
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Standard.asp?SubjectID=11
Understands the relationship between music and history and culture.

Language Arts
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Standard.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.

Working with Others
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=22&StandardID=1
Contributes to the overall effort of a group.


 
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