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Music History - General

Lesson Plan: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Premiere

Lesson Details

Subject: Music History

Grade Level: High School

Duration: 90 minutes

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the historical context of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 premiere
  • Understand the significance of Symphony No. 9 in Beethoven's career and in music history
  • Analyze the musical structure and themes of Symphony No. 9
  • Can perform a short excerpt from Symphony No. 9 on a chosen instrument

Methodology

The lesson will begin with a brief lecture on the historical context of Symphony No. 9, including Beethoven's personal life and the political climate of Europe at the time. Students will then listen to a recording of Symphony No. 9 while following along with a provided listening guide. After the listening activity, students will work in small groups to analyze the musical structure and themes of the symphony. Finally, students will have the opportunity to perform a short excerpt from Symphony No. 9 on a chosen instrument.

Resources/Materials

  • Recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
  • Listening guide handout
  • Musical instruments for performance activity

Activities

  1. Lecture on historical context of Symphony No. 9 (20 minutes)
  2. Listening activity with provided listening guide (30 minutes)
  3. Small group analysis of musical structure and themes (30 minutes)
  4. Performance activity (10 minutes per group)
  5. Class discussion and reflection (10 minutes)

Assessment

Assessment will be based on participation in group activities, completion of the listening guide, and performance of the excerpt from Symphony No. 9.

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This lesson plan complies with the standards set forth by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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