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This activity is great for the days leading up to Halloween or anytime you want to discuss the power of music over frightening moods!
This is a zip file containing a PDF and PPT presentation for 18 musical composers/performers consisting of 21 musical selections spanning the baroque to contemporary musical periods. For each composer, you will find a biography of the composer, information about the piece(s) he/she created, and links to YouTube videos (SafeShareTV Links) of examples of the songs. Don’t worry, this should be fine for even the younger kids (but not too young!). I recommend this activity for grades 2 and up, even high school students. Be aware that this product is for all grades. What is appropriate for some grades may not be for others. I highly recommend that you screen the videos prior to showing in class. There are a few videos that may not be suitable for younger children. This is also why there have been several video options given for certain pieces.
Here are the pieces you will find in the presentation:
JS Bach- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
WA Mozart- Don Giovanni- The Commendatore
Franz Schubert- Der Erlkonig
Frederic Chopin- Funeral March
Hector Berlioz- Symphonie Fantastique- Movements 4 and 5 (March to the Scaffold and Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath)
Modest Mussorgsky- Night on Bald Mountain
Edvard Grieg- In the Hall of the Mountain King
Camille Saint-Saens- Danse Macabre
Charles Gounod- Funeral March of a Marionette
Bernard Herrmann- Cape Fear and Psycho
John Carpenter- Halloween
Andrew Lloyd Webber- Phantom of the Opera
John Williams- Jaws and Harry Potter
Stephen Sondheim- Sweeney Todd
Michael Jackson- Thriller
Lindsey Stirling- Moon Trance
Danny Elfman- This is Halloween
There are also three versions of worksheets to enjoy:
-Matching (composer/performer to musical selection)
-Ratings (with composer and piece filled in)
-Ratings (blank so you can add more responsibility for older students, or should you choose to write in the order of pieces you will use.)
****Links to musical selections are only found on the "Let's Listen" slides. You must be in slideshow mode for the links to work in PowerPoint, and there is a different link for every musical example embed within each line of text. Please access the "How To Use" guide included with the download for more information.****
EDITED 10/11/15: Fixed broken links that were caused from YouTube changes to videos and accounts. COMPLETE OVERHAUL to new design. New worksheets added. Three new pieces added (In the Hall of the Mountain King, This is Halloween, Aha!) More video options added. PDF version added.
EDITED 10/19/14: Fixed links that were routed to videos that were removed since the creation of the product. Also changed the links from YouTube to SafeShareTV.
EDITED 10/23/16: Links checked.
EDITED 10/23/17: Links checked, Halloween Main Theme fixed.