Listening Fun

Themes and Variations


Listening Fun provides Active Listening Activities for Grade 1-6 students using scarves, tennis balls and movement.

  • introduction with many helpful suggestions for teachers
  • teacher's guide with student reproducibles, lesson plans and movement instructions
  • lesson plans with objectives, assessment strategies and alignment to national standards
  • reproducible biographies of the composers that are represented in this kit
  • movement activities using scarves and tennis balls
  • guides-at-a-glance for use to avoid holding long written out sheets when teaching
  • Digital Resources with PowerPoint, videos of routines, composer biographies and lesson information
  • Audio of all music used within this guide & videos with all routines within this guide

Materials Included

In the printed product:
- Printed Book
- Digital Book PDF
- Audio MP3
- Projectable PDF
- PowerPoint
- Videos
In the download edition:
- Digital Book PDF
- Audio MP3
- Projectable PDF
- PowerPoint
- Videos

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Listening Examples Include:

  1. “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, op. 46 by Edvard Grieg (movement or tennis balls)
  2. “Bydlo,” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (scarves)
  3. “Wedding March,” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn (tennis balls)
  4. “Morning,” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, op. 46 by Edvard Grieg (scarves)
  5. Gigue, from Amadis de Gaule by Johann Christian Bach (tennis balls)
  6. Badinerie, from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor , BMV 1067by Johann Sebastian Bach (scarves)
  7. Prelude, from Holberg Suite, op. 40 by Edvard Grieg (tennis balls)
  8. “The Great Gate of Kiev,” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky
  9. “Promenade,” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (scarves)
  10. Hornpipe, from Water Music Suite in F Major by George Frideric Handel (scarves)
  11. Gavotte, from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BMV 1068 by J.S. Bach (tennis balls)

Each movement routine comes with:

  • a lesson plan detailing how to approach teaching the specific concept addressed in the music
  • an expanded movement guide giving step by step instructions on how to perform each move
  • a one page Guide-at-a-Glance with timings for quick reference in class
  • a biography of the composer and information about the piece
  • a video of the routine
  • audio of the piece used
  • a PowerPoint presentation highlighting major concepts


Audio: Gigue
Audio: Great Gate Kiev
Book: Listening Fun