Age Range: All Ages
Introduction: In this lesson, activities are paired with listening suggestions to help listeners discover and enjoy music related to ghosts. Select activities listed below based on time allotted, classroom goals, and student needs.
Total Music Time: 21:07
Explain that you will listen to four pieces of music about ghosts. Remember that there are different kinds of ghosts - scary, friendly, sad, and cute are just a few types.
The first example is the Graceful Ghost Rag, by William Bolcom. “Rag” is short for ragtime, a certain kind of piano music. As you listen, think about what kind of ghost the composer had in mind when writing this music.
Composer Eric Whitacre composed a piece called Ghost Train Triptych, which includes three movements, or parts. Here's the first part. In addition to spooky noises, you will hear a lot of train sounds.
Musicians of all kinds like to tell ghost stories with music. Here's a song about ghosts and cowboys.
At the end of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, the main character is visited by a ghost who comes to take him away. This one gets a little scary and intense.
Extend learning by comparing and contrasting each piece, with students using the worksheet to write down or draw what they hear.
Have you ever gone outside to look at the stars at night? Stargazing has inspired poets, musicians, and artists. Listen to and reflect upon music inspired by stargazing. For all ages.
Imaginative play helps develop social, physical, language, and cognitive skills in children. And it's fun! Use music as a tool in this pretend camping adventure.
How might a composer turn the sound of fireworks into music? Listen to six pieces inspired by fireworks. Great for all ages!
Composers have tried to capture the sound of snow in their music. Listen, respond, and move to four pieces of music about snow.
Composers often depict images of nature or a landscape through music and sound. Listen to some music inspired by different landscapes.
Whether it’s the middle of winter and you’re looking for a taste of summer or it’s the end of June and students are itching for freedom, our curated summer playlist allows students to pretend to go on a picnic, hike, or gaze at the stars.
Engage emerging literacy skills such as character identification and use of descriptive words to compare and contrast music featuring Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Trolls, a witch, and Prince Charming. For all ages, with support for emerging readers.