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Flight of the Bumblebee:

The Swan:

How best to incorporate these apps into classroom lessons:  Hook the iPad up to the smart board  (use of Apple TV is recommended, not required).  At the appropriate time,  students can take turns on the iPad, while the rest of the class watch and discuss what is happening on the smart board.

Before introducing the app, I like to have the class  listen to the music without any information or visuals.  I ask them to think about how the music makes them feel.  Ages 3-4 can come up with colors, or a one word description, for example “Happy” or “Excited”.  Children ages 5-7 can even come up with a short description of how the music makes the feel, or even a little story “It sounds like a little ant running away!”. Children ages 8-9 can  make up a simple story that reflects what is going on with the music.   Then I tell them the name of the piece, who wrote the music, the instrumentation on the app, and finally, I show them option 1 of the app: the story with narration, animation and music.  Afterwards we discuss how the story goes with the music, the twists and turns in both the story and the music, and what part the instruments play.

Then we go to the option of music and animation only.  Since there is no narration, the younger children can try to re-tell the story based on the visuals, the music, and what they remember.  Older students can make up their own stories to go with the music, with a beginning middle and end.

Then I invite the class to choose from the other options; a)paint to the music – kids love taking turns painting to the music, while the others try to guess what they are drawing – b) reading together and c) the story told in Korean. – In “The Flight of the Bumble Bee” see if they can listen for when the spider says  to the bee  ”You’re trapped” in Korean (hint: sounds like Cha ba da).

And finally, I let them  have fun with the maze game.  Just a word of caution though –  the kids get very excited taking turns playing with the different levels of the mazes, so make sure to leave enough time at the end for this activity, and be prepared for the giggles, laughter and cheering that often  accompanies the  music! (see videos)

From my experience,  having worked with over 300 students in classrooms throughout NYC, the period will fly by pretty quickly and the kids will be buzzing about Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee” and “Cha ba da” for days!

Flight of the Bumblebee:

The Swan: