6 Brilliant Ways To Teach Teens Music Appreciation With Peter And The Wolf

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Did you know that Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev is not only for little kids?

Rather, older kids (teenagers in particular) can learn to appreciate music at a very advanced level with the composition. 

I can see your jaw drop. 

Don’t know where to start and what to do?

No worries, read on and let me give you some brilliant suggestions on how you can engage your teens in this endeavour. 

What is more? I have even made available worksheets exclusively for your teens to help them get the most of these music appreciation activities. 


Compare And Contrast Movements

There are twelve movements in Peter and the Wolf. 

Each movement continues the storyline. Ask your teen to pick two movements and compare and contrast the two in terms of dynamics, moods, instruments used and much more. 

Don’t forget to download the worksheets I have made available as these activities are included in the printable. 


Compare And Contrast With The Carnival Of The Animals

Camille Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals is a composition that is similar in many ways and yet very different from Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. 

Ask your teen to listen to the Carnival of the Animals and compare and contrast it to Peter and the Wolf. 


Critically Analyze A Movement

Pick a single movement in Peter and the Wolf and critically analyse it in depth in context of the story, how the characters are portrayed through the instruments and the mood depicted by the pitch, pace, and volume and much more. 


Composer And History Of Music Study

Your teen can carry out a research study on the composer, his life, his work, his contribution to music, the musical era in which, he lived and how that influenced his style and, how Prokofiev’s compositions were similar and different to his contemporaries. 

Again the worksheets I have made available with this post will help your teen take his learning to the next level. 


Instrument Study

Peter and the Wolf uses a variety of different instruments. 

This would be a great opportunity for your teen to learn about the origins and evolution of the different instruments and the part they play in the orchestra. 


Compose Your Own Movement

Why not try to create your own movement? 

Yes, ask your teen to extend Peter and the Wolf and create his own movement. Extend the storyline, use the same characters and instruments or change the instruments around, use a software like Garage Band and get creative. 


So what do you think?

Do you think your teen will be interested?

Let me know why or why not. 

Karen Cadera

Karen Cadera


Mom, Teacher, Minimalist, Zero Waste Enthusiast, Multi Pod.

My daughter loved the games, but there were also worksheets and videos. The weekly lesson plans were complete, and I never questioned what I should be doing next.

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