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Children learn how to tell a story through music, using the story of Petrushka by Stravinsky as an example. They look closely at the character of the clown and discuss his feelings, before moving on to link musical terms with each feeling.
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3 March 1998

Classroom Ideas

Use some of the words provided by the students in the clip which describe how the clown might be feeling. Students then have to suggest ways in which these feelings could be described and played musically, using a process similar to the one outlined in the clip. The process of moods which change gradually can be used to help the music gradually develop and unfold over time. Italian terms used in the clip to describe gradual change can be introduced or reinforced during this activity.

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