Want to know what your primary students are hearing in the music you share, and open their ears to even more? Listening glyphs allow K-3 students to express what they hear by choosing one crayon or the other, and allow teachers to assess the understanding of an entire class in a glance.
What's a Listening Glyph?
Glyphs are pictures of facts. A listening glyph asks students to identify the "facts" about a musical selection, and then express what they are hearing by choosing one crayon or another.
Example: Students are asked to listen for "Steady Beat." If the music is loud they color the turkey's beak yellow. If the music is soft they color the turkey's beak red.
1) General Listening Glyph - The first listening glyph is set up for general use with any piece of music. Students will listen for amplitude (volume), if they hear repeated music, if they hear staccato or legato, steady beat, tempo, and if it's a small or big music group.
Listening Glyph for "Autumn" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons - This listening glyph asks students to assess a selection from Vivaldi's Four Seasons with a recording or video.
2) Blank Listening Glyph - The final version of the glyph gives the greatest freedom. Blanks are provided so you can choose the things that you'd like your students to listen for.
3) About This Activity - The final page includes instructions and lesson extension ideas.
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