Teacher Tuesday Tip: Critical and Creative Thinking – From Beethoven to the Beatles

Below is one of many activities from LifeBound’s CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING FOR TEENAGERS Curriculum. To learn more about LifeBound, our library and teacher resources, visit www.lifebound.com.

Learning Goals:

• Compare and contrast different styles of music

• Connect music compositions from different eras

• Make connections between music and the world around you

Materials: music clips of Beethoven and the Beatles; paper and pen

This activity will enhance your ability to listen and make connections to your surroundings in ways you may have never considered.

  • Begin by listening to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and The Beatles “Hey Jude”.
  • Compare the two styles of music and list three similarities you observe.
  • Then, contrast the music styles and list three differences you observe.
  • Finally, make connections between these selections of music and the world. You might consider the eras in which the songs were composed, the audiences they attracted, or the changes they reflected in society. These connections can reflect politics, changes in music theory, or cultural shifts. How does this process of connecting ideas lead you to deeper thinking about the music? Share your observations in the comment box below.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony


The Beatles: “Hey Jude”

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