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Peter and the Wolf – Online Music Lesson for PreK-Gr. 2

Peter and the Wolf is work created by Prokofiev that is beloved by children all over the world. Each of the characters in the story is represented by a different instrument. It’s an excellent way to introduce young children to the instruments of the orchestra. At www.Musicplayonline.com we’ve created a Unit with 4 lessons to teach the story, introduce all the themes, introduce the instruments and in the final lesson, watch a video of the story with the music. This website is open for FREE STUDENT ACCESS while schools are closed due to Coronavirus.

The Lesson begins with the story of Peter and the Wolf (without music), illustrating each of the characters and the instruments that represent them.

The next part of the lesson introduces The Bird, played by the flute. This short engaging video, plays the theme, and asks children to listen to whether the music is high/low, fast/slow or loud/quiet.

Students are then asked to complete a worksheet (if they have a printer) or color and draw the bird and a flute.

The Duck is the next theme that’s introduced. The Duck is represented by the oboe.

The Duck has lyrics that can be sung with the theme. The lyrics are printed on the optional worksheet. Again, students can print the worksheet if they have a printer, but if not, are instructed to draw and color the duck and the oboe.

This is the end of Lesson 1. In Lesson 2, students are introduced to the Cat, Grandfather and the wolf. In Lesson 3, the students learn Peter’s and the Hunter’s themes and instruments. In Lesson 4, students watch a video of the entire work and then complete worksheets to review all the instruments and match the character to his instrument. The Musicplayonline.com website is open for FREE STUDENT ACCESS while schools are closed due to Coronavirus.

Download the Lesson Guide to Peter and the Wolf Lesson 1. And find this online lesson at www.musicplayonline.com.

Peter and the Wolf Unit

Peter and the Wolf Lessons

Peter and the Wolf is a timeless classic.  There are many musical concepts to teach using this wonderful composition.  If you’re done teaching for this school year (lucky you!) this is a great time to plan your units for next year.  If you’re still in class, these movies could be your lessons for the last month!  Visit www.musicplayonline.com to find all these wonderful ideas!

Identify the instruments

In Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev uses different instruments to represent the characters.  This is a great opportunity to teach children about the instruments of the orchestra.  In the Listening Resource Kit 1, Denise wrote words to sing with many of the themes.  Stacy Werner illustrated them in the Listening 1 Digital Resource, and Shannon Machtans has turned them into short movies that are now part of the musicplayonline.com resource!

In the movie “The Duck” the little song teaches about the tempo of the music, and the instrument that plays the theme.

Duck song 1

Duck song 1

Duck song 3

Identify the Expressive elements

The duck theme is played by the oboe.  It’s a very short listening example.  The students are asked to listen and point to slow-medium-fast, pitch: high-medium-low and dynamics: quiet-medium-loud.

Duck quiet-med-loud

Duck high-med-low

Duck fast-med-slow

Students are asked what instrument represents the duck, and information about the oboe is given.

Duck what instrument?

Duck what instrument? Oboe

The Cat song is one of my favorites.  The melody is memorable (gets stuck in your head) , and the melodic contour is illustrated as the students sing.

Cat song1

Cat song 2

Cat song 3

Cat song 4

The Wolf is used to teach about crescendo.

Wolf crescendo

wolf cymbals crescendo

The entire story of Peter and the Wolf is given on the musicplayonline.com website.  After you’ve taught all the themes, the story will be much more meaningful to the students than it would be without the preparation!

This worksheet comes from the Listening Kit 1 and will be made into an interactive activity on the musicplayonline.com website.  Use it to assess how well the students have learned which instrument represents which character.

Peter and Wolf worksheet

We are still editing the listening movies and creating interactive activities to accompany them, but even as a work in progress, the listening selections on the musicplayonline.com website are a wonderful resource for teachers!

New at musicplayonline.com

  • Staff tool for writing melodies!  1, 2, 3 and 5 line staff
  • Rhythm composition tool
  • Form Tool – outline ABA or rondo form
  • Peter and the Wolf listening themes and story!