Learning about Mozart in the music classroom

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. Have the students draw a design for the front cover of the brochure for this museum, showcasing why Mozart is still so popular today.

Mozart Museum Guided Tours. 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). Have a think about an object which could be showcased in the museum (eg a quill pen, a table where he wrote, the piano etc) and develop a talk about the item. Have each group do one of these talks and then have the classroom set up like a museum and move between the different groups discussing the different topics. You could even video the presentations and have mozart music playing in the background.

Some possible items to include if you get stuck:

Looking for something more challenging for your class?: Choose one of Mozart’s works and write a Wikipedia entry for it. 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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