Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lesson Plan: Exploring Mozart’s Life and Works

Submitted by: Angela Watson

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore key events in the life of Mozart. Students will rotate through three activities that help them analyze important compositions by Mozart and apply them to real-world scenarios.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Understand key events in the life of Mozart
  2. Analyze important compositions by Mozart and apply them to real-world scenarios

Materials:

  • Computer and projector/TV to watch the BrainPOP movie
  • KWL chart (teacher-created or downloaded from BrainPOP Educators)
  • CDs, MP3s, or online streaming of Mozart's music
  • Individual computers for a small group of students (optional)
  • Headphones for a small group of students (optional)

Vocabulary:

orchestra; symphony; theme; versatile; harpsichord; hobnob; proportion; opera; requiem

Preparation:

Prepare the music for students to listen to. Preview the various activities and ensure the classroom is ready for implementation.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Play a piece of Mozart's music for students (you can stream many of his works online for free.) Ask if anyone can identify the composer.
  2. Display a KWL chart you've created or accessed from BrainPOP Educators. Ask students what they already know about Mozart's life and music, and what they'd like to know. You can use the Q&A on BrainPOP to spark conversation.
  3. Play the Wolfgang Amadus Mozart Movie for the class. You may wish to play it through twice, once without stopping and the second time to facilitate discussion and add to the KWL chart.
  4. Divide the class into three groups and have them rotate through three different activities to assess their learning:

    Activity 1: Students can use headphones to listen to Mozart's music and complete the Graphic Organizer in which they pair Mozart's music with appropriate movie soundtracks.

    Activity 2: Students can complete the Activity in which they write an obituary for Mozart using key events and accomplishments from his life.

    Activity 3: Students can use computers to take the Quiz and then explore the FYI features afterward. If you don't have enough computers in your classroom, you can facilitate this third rotation yourself, showing the quiz on your projector and then leading students in a discussion about the FYI features.
  5. After each group has rotated through the three activities, gather students for a whole group discussion about what they learned about Mozart's life and music. Add new student understandings to the last section of the KWL chart.

Extension Activity:

Encourage students to explore BrainPOP resources for other Famous Artists and Musicians. How does the life and music of Beethoven compare to that of Mozart? What other composers would students like to learn about?