Comparing and contrasting elements in different musical arrangements build strong listening skills and strong thinkers.
Below you’ll find three videos. Each one provides a very different performance of the same piece of music – Ode to Joy. Give students a chance to hear all three versions, and then play each one again. This time guiding them to listen for musical elements that are unique to each version.
Get Venn Diagram – 3 Circles from MakingMusicFun.net
Ludwig van Beethoven: Ode an die Freude/Ode to Joy
Ode to Joy by the Larry McDonough Quartet
Ode to Joy | Muppets