Middle School Lesson 29: Electronic Music 1

In this lesson you will

  • watch a short intro to the theremin – a unique electronic instrument
  • learn about the inventor of the theramin
  • do a short-answer worksheet based on the presentation

Optional

  • watch “Flight of the Bumblebee” performed on the theremin
  • watch “How to play “Flight of the Bumblebee” on the Theremin”

Objectives

  • I can describe music created on the theremin.
  • I can explain how the theremin is played.

Teaching Procedure

1 An introduction to the theremin

This is a Safeshare link to "The theremin - A short introduction to a unique instrument".

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "The theremin - A short introduction to a unique instrument"

2 View the Google Arts presentation on the history of the theremin

Download the questions and answer key from Supporting Resources.
Copy pages 1 and 2 for the students.

Virtual learning- read the slides in the presentation, and either have students write short answers on a piece of ruled paper, or simply discuss the answers.

In-person learning - copy pages 1 and 2 of the worksheet for each student. As you go through the presentation, read the slide, listen to the examples and watch the videos. There are 1 to 3 questions on each slide. Have the students answer the questions before moving on to the next slide.

3 Optional Extra - "Flight of the Bumblebee" on Theremin

This is a Safeshare link to "Flight of the Bumblebee on Theremin".

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Flight of the Bumblebee on Theremin".

4 Optional Extra - How to Play the Flight of the Bumblebee on Theremin

This is a Safeshare link to "How to Play the Flight of the Bumblebee on Theremin".

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "How to Play the Flight of the Bumblebee on Theremin".