Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra
Educational Concerts May 2018
Short lessons to help prepare the kids!
Review the short biography videos for each composer and listen to the songs. Try the short lesson ideas on each page.
Prepare the kids with a short lesson on concert etiquette, practice the customs in the class.
-Clapping at the end of each piece ( and not in the middle of a multi-sectional composition)
-Understanding how clapping at a concert bears no resemblance to cheering at a sports event.
-Staying seated unless its an emergency, and moving only when the audience is clapping (walking, never running)
-Remaining quiet during the performance so only the music can be heard
body percussion pattern
for the ostinato in Ravel's Bolero and practice in class. Learn the differences between rhythm, beat and ostinato.
symphony a group of musicians playing together
dissonance when tone clash with each other
beat a steady pulse that measures music
rhythm the pattern of when sounds happen in music
conductor a person who leads an orchestra
ostinato a regularly repeating rhythmic phrase
accent a sound that is louder and more important than others
dynamics volume changes in music
melody pitch with rhythm, the line that is heard as most important
tempo the speed of the music
timbre the color and quality of the sound
composer a person that writes newmusic