In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we played the main theme from Beethoven’s 9th symphony, “Ode to Joy.”
This is another classic winter-time melody that, like “Jingle Bells,” uses 5 musical notes.
In "Ode to Joy" we…
-Play a classic 5-note melody using the colors, the hand-signs and the letter names of the bells
Learn a little bit about the differences between the chorus of a song and the verse of a song
Ode to Joy Follow Up Activities
One of the best things you can do to follow up your child learning this famous melody is to play them a recording of a classical performance of “Ode to Joy.” You can YouTube all kinds of orchestras and choirs performing the theme and your child will most likely be very surprised by the loud, epic nature of many of the classical performances. For something a little lighter (and for a good laugh), search for “Ode to Joy Muppets.”
Giving your child a chance to connect the songs they learned in Preschool Prodigies to world-famous recordings will help them develop a relationship and a respect for classical music.
It’s totally possible that your child won’t even recognize the theme from “Ode to Joy” as performed in its more traditional sense. The PsP version is much simpler, slower and doesn’t have the lyrics. That’s okay – just trying bouncing back and forth between the different versions and expect that it might take a little while for kids to recognize the melody. If you can sing the Solfege with the classical recordings, that will help a lot!
Ode to Joy is the second five-note melody your learner has played. Like Jingle Bells, this a classic piano song thanks to the five-fingered nature of playing the piano. Even if it’s a little bit longer and a little bit less recognizable than Jingle Bells, it’s a must-know for early music repertoire.
You can also ask your learner some questions about what they played in music this week; for instance,
How many notes do you need to play Ode to Joy?
What is the lowest note in the song? How about the highest note?
What note does Ode to Joy start on?
In the next lesson, we'll practice rhythm with a Prodigies original "Snow Day".