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Want to know what your primary students are hearing in the music you share and open their ears to even more? Listening glyphs allow K-3 students to express what they hear by choosing one crayon or the other, and allow teachers to assess the understanding of an entire class at a glance.
Glyphs are pictures of facts. A listening glyph asks students to identify the "facts" about a musical selection, and then express what they are hearing by choosing one crayon or another.
Example: Students are asked to listen for "Steady Beat." If they hear a steady beat in the music they color Princess Leia's face pink. If they don't hear a steady beat they color her face blue.
3 Star Wars Listening Glyphs
3 Jurassic Park Listening Glyphs
3 Indiana Jones Listening Glyphs
3 Harry Potter Listening Glyphs
About This Activity
1) 4 General Listening Glyphs - The first listening glyph is set up for general use with any piece of music. Students will listen for steady beat, tempo, staccato/legato, etc.
2) 4 Listening Glyph for Specific Soundtrack Theme - This listening glyph asks students to assess a particular track from the movie soundtrack.
3) 4 Blank Listening Glyph - This version of the glyph gives the greatest freedom. Blanks are provided so you can choose the things that you'd like your students to listen for.
4) About This Activity - This page of each set includes instructions and extension ideas.
I personally am a big fan of both coloring and John Williams so obviously I had to incorporate this in our movie music unit. I love that there were blank versions that I could customize with the things I wanted them to listen for. - Ms. Torres
Very clever and well done! I love it and so do my students. - Noeimi R.
Great resource. - Melody G.
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John Williams was born in Floral Park, New York, on February 8, 1932, to John and Esther Towner Williams. He was the oldest of four children. As a kid, Johnny learned to play the piano, bassoon, cello, clarinet, trumpet, trombone - and even formed a band with this friends. When John Williams grew up, he joined the Air Force where he conducted and arranged music for the bands. When he was discharged he enrolled in The Julliard School to study piano. Read more...