Now that we've completed conferencing on project ideas and topics, students are really on a roll! The information that they have gathered has been amazing. I've got students creating skits where they are role playing as Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Amy Beach. Or they are pretending to be principal instrument players in the orchestra explaining their particular instrument. Students are creating posters, students are writing speeches, students are creating books. I am so excited about the level of excitement my students have. It is nice to see kiddos say "Music is over already?" "We have to clean up? Can't I keep working?". I am impressed with many of my students and their information going above and beyond what has been expected of them in the rubric.
Students above beginning their "script" for their project on Fanny Mendelssohn! In the pic collage, students are working on different projects, in different places in the room, using different mediums to showcase their learning about the orchestra and composers like Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Scott Joplin, William Grant Still, WA Mozart. I am honestly amazed by their progress and am so excited to see the outcomes! At the end of the unit when projects are finished, students will present their work to their classmates!