Gymnopedie No. 1 (Satie) | Free Music Lesson Plan (Same/Different)

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Grade 1-3


Students will learn same/different through a movement activity choreographed to Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1 for piano solo. This music lesson plan is designed to fulfill Standard #6 of the National Standards for Music: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.


Recording of Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1 by Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Gymnopedie No. 1 (Satie) Music Lesson Plan (Same/Different)

Step 1
Tell students, "I am going to play a piece of music that repeats the same music three times with some changes. While listening, I would like you to compare the three sections and be able to tell me what was the same and what was different."

Step 2
Ask students to spread out around the room and face you.

Step 3
Tell students, "When I start the music I would like for you to imitate my movement. When my hands go up like this, yours should do the same. When my hands go around like this, yours should do the same." Demonstrate and practice.

Step 4
Start the music.

Step 5
Variation 1: Stand still during the introduction with your arms at your side. When the melody begins, draw a large circle with your right arm ending with your palm facing up as if you were holding something. (The students can mirror you with their left arm/hand.) When the sustained note begins, raise your hand for two measures then turn your hand to face out and lower it for two measures.

Variation 2
Repeat the same movement with the left arm/hand.

Variation 3
Repeat the same movement with both arms/hands.

Step 6
Ask students, "What was the same about the dance during each variation? What was different?"

Ask students, "What was the same about the music during each variation." "What was different."

Record these similarities and differences on the white board.

Step 7
Ask the students to perform the movement activity again by themselves. Ask them to think about what is the same and what is different.

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