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Re: Music and Art

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Tue, 6 Apr 1999 14:43:35 -0700 (PDT)


Several of us have discussed the use of music and art together in
classrooms as we consider such topics as expressing an idea,
improvisation, creativity, etc. I think it can be quite instructive for
students to think about how different artistic media carry out their
projects, and how the same idea can be expressed in different art forms.
It might be fun to have students listen to Mussorgsky's PICTURES AT AN
EXHIBITION and create pictures to go with the various movements (maybe
mentioning the movement titles, and maybe not). And then it might be
useful to create poems or short stories to express the same motifs.
One of the things that really comes out in comparing music to
visual art is the importance in the former of performance (i.e. the
prospect of repeated renditions of the same work). You might want to ask
students to consider differences in the various art forms in relation to:
Mistakes, finishing the work, ability to express emotions, importance of
size, roles in our lives, and so on. I think this sort of mixed-media
experience has a great deal of potential, and will stick in students'
minds as being an important learning event.
Ron

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