Ideas for teaching students about Mozart

Planning music lessons? here are a couple of ideas to help you create some fun music resources for your lessons.

In Salzburg, Austria, Mozart’s childhood house has been turned into a museum. Design the front cover of a brochure advertising the Museum by briefly describing who Mozart was, what may be see in the Museum and why Mozart is still so popular today.

Guide tours of the Museum. Imagine that your class has been appointed as the new tour guides for the Mozart Museum in Salzburg. Work in groups to explore one item each that may be in the Museum (it doesn’t necessarily have to be there…use your imagination). Use a prop to represent your item (a table for a piano, a notebook and pencil for music manuscript and quill pen etc) and develop a short talk to be included in the guided tour about some things that may have occurred at that place/room or with that item. The classroom could be set up as the museum, with the class moving from item to item and the relevant group giving their talk and answering questions. You could even video the presentations and have mozart music playing in the background.

Heres a more challenging extension activity: Write a wikipedia entry for one of Mozart’s famous pieces. You could showcase any interesting information about when it was first performed as well as the basic information like the genre and when it was composed. Here is an example. This page is the sort of thing.

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