History-Music Collaboration: The Industrial Revolution
During the Industrial Revolution unit, students will first explore the major concepts, such as the origins of the Industrial Revolution, what changes occurred, as well as assessing the positive and negative impacts of these changes. Once the students have a strong foundation regarding the significance of the period, we will ask students to apply that understanding in a more narrowed focus. Beethoven is a composer that nearly all students have heard of either by name or by one of his musical pieces. Students will learn about Beethoven as a composer, as well as the impact the Industrial Revolution had on musical instruments of the time, in order to be able to think critically about how the time period influenced Beethoven and vice versa. As a culmination to this unit, students will take on the persona of Beethoven and write to one of his closest childhood friends, Dr. Franz Wegeler, about one of three topics: the influence Napoleon Bonaparte had on his Eroica symphony; industrialization and the changes to musical instruments; or Beethoven and romanticism. On April 24, 2016 students and the Hathaway Brown community will be invited to see the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Heroic (Eroica) Symphony, bringing the content studied in class to life in a meaningful way.