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Fourth Grade Theme and Variations Compositions

After studying Aaron Copland’s piece Variations on Simple Gifts, the fourth grade students created their own Theme and Variations compositions.  Each class chose a theme (one of their recorder songs that they already knew), and after separating into groups created a variation on that theme by doing things such as changing the tempo, dynamics, rhythms, pitches, etc., of the original song.  This  year, all three fourth grade classes voted for the same theme! Here are the final products!


Mrs. Agati is the music teacher at Pine Glen School in Burlington Massachusetts.

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