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Lesson Plan #: AELP-MUS0012
Submitted by: Lynne Griffiths
Email: lgriffiths@learnfree.co.uk
School/University/Affiliation: The Fold School U.K. Date: February 5, 2000

Grade Level(s): Kindergarten


  • Arts/Music

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: This lesson is designed for groups of children to compose pieces of music for different types of weather. These are then put together in the form of a rondo.

Goals: Students will recognize structure in composition.

Objective: Students will compose and perform a short piece of music.


  • percussion instruments
  • index cards with weather pictures
  • index cards labeled A, B, C, D

Procedure: Divide the class into 4 groups and give each group a weather card:

  • Sunny
  • Snowing
  • Raining
  • Thundering

As a class discuss how they could make music for each card. (For example, raining could be short, sharp, high sounds.) Divide the class into 4 groups and ask the children to make a piece of music for their card (30 seconds long). Listen and discuss.

Explain that composers use structure to make their work more interesting. One of the structures is a Rondo ABACADA.

Give each group a letter (A, B, C, or D). Perform the piece as a Rondo.

Assessment: Are the children able to play with an appreciation of the other performers in their group? Did they perform the Rondo in the right order!