Why should I learn music history

Music in DaF lessons - a series of lessons

Music, or more precisely songs, has been used for a long time in foreign language lessons. No wonder, since learning with music and lyrics trains the feeling for the syntax and intonation of a language, and learning new vocabulary and expressions is made easier by melody and rhythm. There are plenty of teaching suggestions and material for this, not least the DW project “The band diary with EINSHOCH6”.

What is striking, however, is that the music itself is at most treated of secondary importance, if at all. Pure instrumental music is certainly not used in foreign language lessons. At first it seems to be abstract and difficult to grasp linguistically - especially for learners of a foreign language.

However, this series of lessons is intended to show that instrumental music also offers many possibilities in the context of teaching and learning, using well-known pieces of classical music. The preoccupation with textless music in the classroom aims to promote the so-called “subject-based discourse ability” in the respective target language. This means that pupils should be enabled to participate in social processes and to help shape technical and cultural discussions.

For this reason, composers from different countries were deliberately taken into account when selecting the pieces of music. In addition, care was taken to ensure that the themes of the pieces take the learner's world into account.

The focus is not only on interpreting and interpreting the pieces of music, but also on promoting the creativity of the learners with the help of production-oriented approaches. More unconventional tasks, such as B. the use of a sensing bag in which objects are felt and identified, appeal to other senses and ensure motivation and curiosity.

Another aim of this series of lessons is to take classical music away from the prejudice that it is difficult to understand. The lessons are designed to carefully introduce the learners to the classical pieces of music so that they realize that the selected pieces of music can be understood as meaningful and that the pieces deal with topics that are relevant to them.