“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” Lao Tzu (Course 3 Final Project)

Preface

The purpose of this project is to create an infographic that was useful and friendly for my elementary students. The infographic illustrates notable composers, their work – through icons – and when they lived in a historical timeline.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all composers in the history of time. These composers are the “MVCs” (Most Valuable Composers) in my lessons. Every year I sprinkle new ones to keep it interesting. Shout out to our very own local composer Dana Al Fardan for making the cut! I think my students (and parents) will appreciate the addition of a Qatari composer among the primarily western composers on this list.

Limitations of the Project

Upon compiling the list of composers and their compositions for this project, it is obvious that it is primarily a timeline for western music. I have done some research on Arab music, but unfortunately they are not as well documented because of their oral music tradition. I hope to propose an idea to the powers that be – Qatar Music Academy, the Qatar National Library, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, or someone in the QF arts and culture sector – and encourage them to document children’s songs and/or celebration songs for preservation. I think that it would be a challenging but rewarding project that, as a result, can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Furthermore, there is a lack of female representation on this list. That’s a whole different blog if you ask me. To be continued. . .

Music in time. . .

The infographic shows a musical timeline from the medieval period to 20th century music. The icons (thanks, Noun Project!) serve as a reminder of the compositions. For example, the hand representing Guido de Arezzo symbolizes his development of a system to learn music by ear. Today, we call that solfège (think “Do-re-mi” from The Sound of Music).  Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Holst’s The Planets, or even John Williams’ Jurassic Park will not be forgotten thanks to the icons. The font choice for the composer names was chosen for readability – especially for kids! The description for each time period is a bit wordy, but that’s saved for the older kids and adults who might stop by and read our display.

What do you think? Hope you have a great week!

 

3 Replies to ““Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” Lao Tzu (Course 3 Final Project)”

  1. Hi Kehri,

    Great job on your infographic! It is beautiful. I can tell you put a lot of effort into the colour and design. It is easy to read and understand and I am sure you will be using it for many years to come. I especially liked that you were able to add a Qatari composer to your infographic. This makes it so much more meaningful for your students. I wonder if you would share this with her? Or even out into your music PLN? Maybe there will be other suggestions for other Qatari musicians that you can add later on.

    In the meantime make this into a giant poster and put it on the wall. It is lovely!

    Best,

    Yasmeen

  2. Hi Kehri. Great work on this infographic. I think that the choices you made with font and pictures really communicate a difference between each period and show how they were different. Your selection of icons for the composers were very clever and I was able to figure out what the majority of them related to. I think your students will get a lot of viewing this infographic in your classes. You mention that the written descriptions are more for the parents and older readers. I think it could be an interesting activity to have your students look at just the icons and come up with adjectives to describe what that period may have been like using just the icons as clues. Which program did you end up using to create it?

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