Kristen Van Ollefen

Ms. Van Ollenfen’s and Ms. Quinn’s fifth grade students build upon skills taught in both general music class and language arts class to create musical compositions that evoke a scene, mood, or image from C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Students learn how to analyze and describe music and learn compositional techniques such as instrumentation and orchestration by attending a live performance of the New York Philharmonic. Applying critical thinking skills, students use notation software to compose a piece of music, transfer it to an instrumental setting, and perform their work at a spring concert.