Y12 Romantic Opera Task

Today we did a group analysis of a piece of music.  For homework students did basic analysis of an aria from La Boheme (Mimi’s), using their music score and the recording on managebac.  During the lesson, they were only allowed to use their notes from home and their homework, and they were given a big poster paper to collaboratively answer the question.  The question is similar to their exam question:

Analyze the excerpt in regards to:

Musical Elements: Including but not limited to dynamics, rhythm, harmony, melody, tonality, instrumentation, texture, tempo

Structure: Give a detail of the structure of the piece, instrument entrances, changes that take place

Context: Put the piece into its cultural/time period context

** All at the same time using proper musical terminology.


The students were split into 3 teams to do one of those categories above.  After 11 minutes of working, they would switch into another section to fill in whatever the other team has missed.  They had control over the music (they can start/stop the track as needed). In the actual IB exam they have 25 minutes individually to do all 3 categories, so this really made them work together to see what they can come up cooperatively.  The end result was great, with a full page of work that they explained to each other afterwards.


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