Mistakes and Passion – A Lesson from Beethoven

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Tweet I remember my years studying the piano.  It had to have been my grandfather who first told me of these wise words from Beethoven.  He, an admirer of the man and lover of his music, had read every biography, seen every documentary, listened intently to every composition and traveled to Germany to walk in […]

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Another Beethoven Birthday

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Tweet Here, at The Inspired Classroom, we do not let a December 16th go by without a mention of a very important December holiday – Beethoven’s birthday. I used to celebrate this special day each year with my grandfather, a man who loved Beethoven’s music as well as appreciated the man himself.   Now, I open […]

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Musical Stories and Beethoven

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Tweet Not all musical pieces are meant to be heard as stories, but often they can be.  Just the other day, my students did a quick write using Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture to create a short story. All this month, I love to do Beethoven-based lessons with my class.  We listen to his music, study his […]

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Story Beginnings and Beethoven

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Tweet How do great stories begin?  They capture your interest, grab your attention, introduce you to characters and setting, and give you a sense of the overall feel of the story as they set you into a series of events that ultimately bring you to the climax of the story. Great music begins the same […]

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Beethoven’s 241st

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Tweet I love celebrating Beethoven’s birthday each year!  And this year, his 241st birthday is no different.  My plans for the day today include: Having my students complete their math open response question which is based on Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Having my students work on their fact and opinion project using leveled Beethoven biographies. Conducting […]

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All-Beethoven Recital

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Tweet Thursday night I attended an All-Beethoven concert at the Fraser Performance Studio at the WGBH building in Boston.  It was an intimate setting where the radio station was recording a tribute to Beethoven to be aired on his birthday!  (It was awesome and I will elaborate in another post.) So many musical organizations plan […]

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Celebrate Beethoven in the Classroom

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Tweet Special Announcement! It’s finally here – a new addition to The Inspired Classroom’s book store…. and it’s a good one too! Celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven in the Classroom: A Resource for Classroom Teachers and Music Teachers Alike by Elizabeth M. Peterson This eResource is built for any teacher who enjoys music, especially that of […]

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Beethoven’s Birthday – A December Holiday

Now, as a teacher, I use Beethoven’s birthday to celebrate the holiday season in a new way. All month we learn about the man and listen to his music. On his birth week, I integrate Beethoven into as many lessons as I can: from penmanship practice using Beethoven quotes and developing our understanding about fact and opinion using biographical articles about his life to practicing our math using Beethoven-based word problems. During the month we also focus on the virtue of perseverance – a virtue that Beethoven exemplified throughout his life.

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