Holidays are always a fun time to include special activities outside of the usual lesson routine.
Use this fun Halloween-themed listening activity to introduce students to “spooky” classical music!
This four-page guide accompanies the (free) compilation of Halloween Videos available here on Piano Pantry.
You can easily navigate to these videos via the Piano Pantry Menu > Resources.
You’ll also find:
Comprised of 13 videos, there’s more than 60 minutes of listening for your students to experience and enjoy!
The listening activity is flexible in that it can be used as part of in-studio off-bench music lab time, as a digital assignment for individual students (more details below), or as part of group class activities.
Students are given brief, easy-to-digest background information on each piece and a reflection question.
They are not necessarily asked to physically write out an answer to the reflection question (although you could certainly ask them to!); it is simply there to help guide them in active listening.
They are also asked to rate the video with 1-3 stars, which allows students to reflect on how the piece made them feel and keep track of which pieces they’ve completed.
(Remember, though – the guide isn’t just for utilizing it as an assignment – you could also use this for yourself as a way of sharing fun facts about the pieces during a group class!)
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Are you curious about how to use this as a digital assignment or as part of an off-bench music lab time? Read on!
How to Use As a Digital Assignment
Here are a few suggestions on using this product with students as a digital assignment – whether they’re online students or have in-person lessons. Much of it, of course, depends on how you give assignments.
Send students the PDF: Using your digital assignment tool of choice (such as email or Google Docs), simply send students the PDF or a direct link to the document from a cloud-based document manager.
Create a repertoire assignment series in Tonara: There are two ways you could consider using this lab in Tonara:
- Copy and paste each individual video title into a repertoire assignment, then copy the text into the note portion. Once you create a series in your personal repertoire database, you would assign individual videos to students. Be sure and number each assignment so there is an order to assign them.
- Create one assignment in your permanent repertoire for this lab. Attach the PDF to the assignment and use the link area to give students the link to the videos.
In Tonara, you can assign points for students completing the lab assignment!
If you would like to see a brief tutorial on how to create an assignment series in Tonara, click on the image to watch this video starting at 4:30
How to Use During In-Studio Lab Time
The video series is long enough that if you only assign it during an in-studio off-bench lab time once a week for one or two weeks leading up to Halloween, you might be able to use it with students two or three years in a row!
When I used this as part of my music lab time, all lab assignments were kept in 1/2″ three-ring binders. Students each had their own binders and would mark their own listening sheets.
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What kinds of activities do you like to do at Halloween? Do you have any video suggestions I should add to the series? Share in the comments below!