From the Activity Guide: Imagination Musical Fun
Use your imagination to adventure to faraway places, imagine exotic animals, and turn yourself into fun characters.
Watch and listen as Inside the Orchestra’s very own flutist, Valerie Johnson, takes you on a musical adventure.
Carnival of the Animals is a short 14-movement suite by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. It was composed in 1886 and, when it was written, audiences would have found it to be pretty funny- it is full of musical jokes that listeners would have instantly recognized. Each movement is about a character, mostly different animals.
This piece is an excellent jumping-off point for imagination-based interaction. You can hear the different animals so clearly in each movement.
Some Prep Activity: Gather just a few supplies and make some masks and headbands for some of the animals in the suite. Each of these can be easily adapted based on the supplies you have, so don’t be afraid to get creative!
Find other activities for older children in the Activity Guide: Imagination Musical Fun