I love studying composers with my students. Tchaikovsky is definitely a favorite, but when time allows, I dearly love sharing more than just the music from the Nutcracker with my students. When I have time, I like to share several other pieces with them including the Swan Theme from the Swan Lake Ballet Suite. I created a listening map using PowerPoint to go along with the piece. When I shared it with my students I projected it and had them use a pointer to locate certain features that they thought were important. After we had listened to the piece using the listening map, we then moved to the music to accompany our exploration of the traditional ballet positions. The students had a wonderful time and loved getting to be real ballet dancers.
Since I have put this slide show into google slides, now I can share this slideshow with my students on their devices that they bring to music upon request. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have.
To view the slideshow listening map click HERE
If you don’t have a recording that you like, this is a good one that I found on Youtube