Class Notes: A Journey Through Musical Emotion

May 7, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Clark the caterpillar is our guide through music and emotion in this Class Notes video, our standards-based series of fun, short movies about music education.

Watch Clark as he navigates Minneapolis, Minn. to the tunes of Bernard Hermann, Claude Debussy, Frederic Chopin and Gustav Holst, evoking joy, sadness, fear, and calm along the way. Then download the curriculum for this video to extend your learning in the classroom.

This video offers four vivid examples of classical music that will induce highly recognizable emotions in most listeners. The examples were chosen to illustrate Minnesota elementary academic standard — Describe how music communicates meaning.

We hope you enjoy the video, both in, and outside of, the classroom, and watch the Music for Learning page at for more videos in the coming weeks.

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