“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!