Wednesday, May 11, 2016

C Major Packet and Scavenger Hunt

C Major packet repertoire and scavenger hunt beginning orchestra

As we get into our unit on the key of C Major, I present my students with a packet of pieces that use the C Major key signature (there is one piece in A minor).  To become better acquainted with these new pieces, I tell students that I have a scavenger hunt for them.  Some questions will have one more than one possible answer, and the same title may be used more than once.

I do very few written worksheets in orchestra, but I like this one because it's a good review of many topics that we've covered over the course of the year (anacrusis, triad, note-reading etc.) and it exposes students to some new musical concepts that we haven't officially covered (6/8 time signature, dotted quarter-eighth note rhythm).  And when students get to the music history questions, their heads always turn to the music history timeline wall to figure out where each composer would fit.  Nice use of resources :)

I tried to include a variety of public domain pieces, some familiar and some not so familiar.  Here are the contents:

  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Theme from Surprise Symphony
  • November (Bohemian Folk Song)
  • Sailor's Hornpipe
  • Mexican Hat Dance
  • America, the Beautiful
  • Red Wing
  • Minuet in C


C Major packet repertoire beginning orchestra

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