Way back in November the 4th and 5th grade classes created Theme and Variation compositions. First they listened to an example by the composer Aaron Copland titled, Variations on Simple Gifts. Each class then discussed what kind of variations Copland created and how. Then as a class they voted on what simple recorder tune they would like to be their theme. After reviewing the theme the students split into groups and created a variation. Next we put it all together and voila, we have a large Theme and Variation composition. Here are the results.