Listening Maps and Teaching Suggestions for Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”

Antonio Vivaldi’s famous work “The Four Seasons” has an extra-musical idea, since the composer wanted to describe pictures of nature and people during the seasons with his music. 12 listening maps were created, one for each part of the concerts. The Four Seasons is ideal for listening and teaching to all ages. The material offered and the suggestions for teaching were designed for 3rd – 6th grade but may be used for younger or older children and adults as well.

This book includes 6 coloured maps painted by an artist and 6 black and white maps and more material for the teachers to use in class (pages 18-43). A historic introduction about Vivaldi and his era, explanations on how to follow the maps and suggestions for creative teaching in music, the arts and movement are also included (pages 5-18).

The Listening maps and the teaching suggestions can be used by:

  • music teachers working in general schools, in music schools or in private studios.
  • every teacher who would like to plan writing, moving or painting activities with his/her students inspired by the Four Seasons.
  • parents who would like to listen to this piece of music with their children.

In Spring 1, Summer 1, Autumn 3, Winter 1 Vivaldi described the pictures he wanted to ‘draw’ in his music step-by-step. For these parts I created:

  1. A coloured map with pictures drawn by an artist.
  2. The same map in black & white processed so that it can be reproduced in a more user-friendly manner than it would be if you simply selected the b&w option of printer for the coloured map.
  3. A map without the pictures. Children are asked to draw them as they wish. (Spring 1, Summer 1 & Winter 1.)
  4. A puzzle with the pictures in random order. Children can be asked to cut them out and put them in the right order while listening to the music.

In Autumn 1 and Winter 3 Vivaldi gives less details. For these parts I created:

  1. A coloured map with pictures drawn by an artist.
  2. The same map in black & white so that it can be reproduced and shared in class.

In Spring 2, 3, Summer 2, 3, Autumn 2, Winter 2 Vivaldi gives only the general idea of the piece without step-by-step instructions. For these parts I created:

  1. A black & white map where the main idea is written on the top of the paper and children are asked to draw a picture following the composer’s idea. In most of them I also included the structure of the piece.
  2. For Summer 3 I created a graphic map of the piece.
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Created: Apr 1, 2018

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