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Learn about the the life and music of George Gershwin!

This easy open and go lesson is perfect for classrooms or home-school. No previous musical experience is necessary to facilitate these lessons.


All lessons are suitable for ages 4-12 years old and can be worked on together as a group or family. Accompanying the teaching time is the choice between two activities; one for young learners ages 4-8 years old and one for older learners ages 8-12 years old.

Included in each 30 minute lesson is a "Setting The Stage" section which introduces the children to what they are about to learn followed by a more informative teaching time called "Diving Deeper", and followed by a hands on "Activity Time."

Each lesson has book suggestions as well as listening suggestions that correspond with the theme of the lesson.

Within each lesson you will find the option of using a link or a QR code that links you directly to a short video or live performance featuring music by the composer.

In the appendix, I've included a sketch of the composer that can be used to either string up as a timeline or be used as a coloring/painting template to keep little hands busy during the informative section of the lesson.

Each lesson gives you a list of materials needed at the beginning of the lesson which usually includes many household items that a classroom or house would already have.

One important note is that the use of a music platform such as Apple music, Spotify or YouTube is a must when facilitating these musical lessons!

Included in this lesson:

  • Listen to the opening 'Rhapsody in Blue' clarinet solo as well as look at a picture of what that solo looks like in the score.
  • An informative section on the life and music of George Gershwin.
  • An activity for young learners where they will learn what a soundscape is. They will look at some pictures of skylines and then draw what they hear in the music. Students will also get a chance to relate that to their own home environment.
  • Older learners will learn about the blues scale and how classical and jazz music were merged together during the early 1900's. Students will learn the notes of the blues scale and learn about soundscapes.
  • A composer sketch for coloring/sketching purposes.
  • Book Suggestions - "Summertime", "Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue" and "The Music in George's Head."
  • Listening Suggestions - "An American In Paris", "Rhapsody In Blue", "I Got Rhythm" and "Someone To Watch Over Me."

My hope and desire with the lessons from Conversations with Composers is that through the stories, the activities, the music and the videos, children would be drawn into the fascinating world of Classical music.

About digital lessons:

This digital lesson will help you, the teacher or parent, open up the world of music for your children with a profound sense of wonder and curiosity.

The digital PDF lesson is easy to use with simple instructions, a clear list of materials often found in your home to use in lessons, and reproducible resources to be printed directly from your screen.

You will be able to click links right from the file or use your phone’s camera to click on the QR codes and be linked directly to some inspiring performances. This copy can also be printed on your own home printer.

Digital files are uneditable and are delivered via email upon purchase. Digital products are final sale and are not eligible for return. See refund policy here.

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