Music KS3 / GCSE: Dionne Bromfield on 'Rhapsody in Blue' by George Gershwin

Singer-songwriter Dionne Bromfield explains why 'Rhapsody in Blue' by George Gershwin is her favourite piece of classical music.

She describes how the piece captures her imagination and explains its historical background.

This short film is from the BBC series, Play On!

Teacher Notes

This short film can be used in illustrating the work of George Gershwin, and to encourage students to explore and develop their own taste in classical music.

Students could listen to ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and consider how they interpret this piece of music.

Do they imagine the same things as Dionne? How do they think Gershwin likes his home city?

Alternatively, over several days or weeks, students could explore a wide range of classical music by simply listening to some examples throughout the day.

Ask students to choose their favourite and explore it in greater depth, just as Dionne does in this short film.

Students could describe why it is their favourite, the story they believe it tells, or the pictures they imagine when they listen.

They could present their thoughts on the piece of music through a presentation, piece of writing or artwork.

If more than one student chooses the same piece of music they could discuss any differentiation in their interpretation of this piece.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching music at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

It appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC CCEA and SQA.

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