This project involves the life and works of Mozart, the Child Composer who started composing minuets at the early age of 5. As a child prodigy, Mozart, a boy genius, became world famous and it is said that a brief exposure to his music, increases intelligence in children. I believe that an introduction of Mozart and his works will greatly appeal to children. Mozart’s works vary from sweet and simple to bold and divine compositions and these will help children experience the beauty of music which lifts the heart and anticipates a taste of eternity.
Thus children will have the opportunity to listen to short pieces of this composer’s work, then they will write down or draw illustrations which have been inspired by them whilst listening to the music. These will be posted on a blog or a wiki. An e-book will be created and published online. This will help pupils to learn to share, coordinate their work and respect different ideas other students might have.
One of my students will entertain us by ballet-dancing a famous piece of Mozart’s composition, “A Little Night Music” (Serenade no.13) and others will capture a video of the scene.
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” is a famous English Nursery Rhyme written by Jane Taylor which children love a great deal. At the age of 25, Mozart wrote twelve variations to the tune used later for the song. Mozart knew the original tune under its original French title 'Ah, vous derai-je, mamam'. The children will sing this famous tune in English and Maltese accompanied by a student playing a woodwind instrument. This will also be recorded on a video.
Mozart’s way of life was very different from ours and this will give children the chance to compare and contrast and also appreciate the wonderful things they own today which our ancestors did not even dream of during their times.
We are doing this project with a French school and as this year France is celebrating Chopin’s 200-Year Birthday Anniversary, we thought of including this composer too. Like Mozart, Chopin was also a child prodigy and so we can also discuss parts of his life and compare them with those of Mozart and ours. We can also create a Venn Diagram to show the similarities and differences of these two famous composers whose music has brought peace, happiness and serenity to all those who listened to their classical music.
- Subjects: Art, Citizenship, Cross Curricular, Foreign Languages, Geography, Language and Literature, Music, Primary School Subjects, Social Studies / Sociology
- Languages: EN
- Pupil's age: 7 - 9
- Tools to be used: e-mail, Other software (Powerpoint, video, pictures and drawings), Web publishing
- Aims: to help children experience a love for classical music; to help them realise that various types of music mediums exist;... read more
- Work process: We will start by emailing each other weekly and introducing ourselves through these emails and powerpoint presentations of ourselves and... read more
- Expected results: Children will grow up to love music and maybe become inspired to learn a musical instrument. They achieve more by... read more