Thursday, June 2, 2011

Music Exploration-George Gershwin

Although we're on our relaxed summer break, I happened to come across a fun-looking book/CD combination through the library.

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue W /CD

It was really great. It tells the "why" and the "how" of how Rhapsody in Blue came to be. The kids were excited by the story and loved the catchy music, included on the CD. After reading the book and listening to the CD, the kids each spent some time using Finale Notepad to create their own original sheet music.

Gershwin kept a composing notebook, where he'd keep ideas of little themes of music he thought of. He never knew when they might be useful. As a future idea, the kids would like to keep examples of little themes they make up like this. Who knows when they might come in handy!

1 comment:

  1. We own this book, thanks for the reminder to pull it out! Do you know the author has several titles like this?