ERIC Number: ED186337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
The Value and Use of Music in Geographic Education.
Wise, John H.
This paper provides examples of how music can be used in geography instruction at the elementary, secondary, or college levels. The occasional use of music can foster imagination and promote greater aesthetic awareness with regard to landscapes and human situations. Many concepts and terms in physical geography can be lined with music. A good example is the Czech "Vltava" from the symphonic cycle "Ma Vlast" composed by Bedrich Smetana in 1874 when he was totally deaf. This composition, used in conjunction with color slides of the landscape which correlate with the music, can be used to show students the course of the river Vltava as it flows through woods and meadows, past villages, through rapids and then as a broad and noble river approaching Prague. Another example is the"1812 Overture" which, with its graphic and melodious representation of events surrounding the Battle of Borodino, can be an exciting catalyst for various interrelated concepts in lessons which range from glacial deposition to the North European plain and Soviet settlement patterns. The paper goes on to list musical selections which can be descriptive of land and sea scapes, climatic conditions, historical events and which may be evocative of the ethos and culture of political areas and national groups. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Council for Geographic Education Conference (Mexico City, Mexico, November 1, 1979).