In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about the life and music of Mozart. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Music and Art
Remind students that music can evoke feelings. Have students listen to a piece of music and create a piece of artwork to go along with it. Students can discuss how the music made them feel. What makes the music happy or sad? Then have students describe how their artwork communicates the mood of the music. What colors communicate happiness or sadness? You may wish to show theColors movie to students to help them choose colors that evoke specific moods.
Review with students that an opera tells a story through music. You may want to show a few clips or examples, along with synopses of the operas and lyric translations. Then have small groups write their own operas! They can use instrumental music and sing over it, or make up their own tunes. Have students come up with a scene or a story and write lyrics together. Remember, lyrics don’t have to rhyme! Later, invite groups to share their operas with the class or invite parents and friends to a performance. Encourage students to talk about the story they tried to convey through music. You may even want to record students’ performances and explanations and share them digitally.
Family Activities for Teaching About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Month of Mozart
Mozart wrote over 600 pieces of music, from minuets to symphonies. If possible, listen to a work or two by Mozart every day for a month. Discuss each piece of music and the feelings that each evokes. How are the pieces alike or different? How is a piece written early in his career different from the ones written later? Encourage your child to write down his or her thoughts, draw pictures, or even dance while listening to the music.
Mozart started composing music at a very early age. Encourage your child to write a piece of music. This can be an original song, a short melody, or even a rhythm or beat. Your child doesn’t even need an instrument. He or she can lightly tap furniture or dishware, whistle, or hum. You might also want to create a podcast of your child performing the song she or he composed and include the song in a favorite playlist or CD.