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Getting students to think creatively can sometimes be difficult. This task gives students the opportunity to think about how music can have something to “say”. Students have the opportunity to think about four ways in which music can represent the visual, by using pictures that have inspired music and predicting the way this could be done. Opportunity for reflection on their ideas comes after they have listened to the orchestral pieces and compared ideas.

My students have loved comparing their ideas with the composer’s, knowing that they are neither right nor wrong – just different. Many students have found new and creative ways to write their own music just from this understanding.

This resource includes:

– Teacher notes, with explanation of the thinking behind this task

– A suggested lesson outline

– Each of the three pictures (Catacombs, Great Gate of Kiev, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks)

– THREE listening pages of varying levels, from easy to free thinking

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