Education Package: Videos, PowerPoints, Activities & School Field Trips

The videos, powerpoints, lesson plans and extension activities included in this teaching package, presented by the Friends of Music Hall, celebrate Cincinnati Music Hall and those who had the vision, talent and skills to design and construct this beautiful, National Historic Landmark building.

  • Three videos spotlight talented musicians who perform for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The fourth video features the Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
  • One of the powerpoints features the women who carved the wooden panels that were used to cover the historic Hook and Hastings organ. The other is about Samuel Hannaford, the architect of Music Hall and is coming soon.
  • Lesson plans and extension activities teach how to use a primary source to answer questions and how to create a timeline.

Goals of this Teaching Package:

  • Music and the artwork within Music Hall are featured in the videos and powerpoints to share beauty, harmony and expression of emotions with students. They are aligned with Fine Arts/Music and Social/Emotional Ohio State Learning Standards for grades 3-6. The powerpoints are also aligned with Social Studies Ohio State Learning Standards for grades 3-6.
  • Lesson plans and extension activities include age appropriate lessons that are connected to the skills and content outlined in the Social Studies Ohio State Learning Standards for grades 3-6.

PowerPoint Lessons

The Story of Cincinnati Music Hall and the Talented Women Wood Carvers

From the very beginning Music Hall brought the citizens of Cincinnati together and provided a vibrant space for the performing arts. This powerpoint will help students appreciate the work that went into building such a magnificent space. Learn the early history of Music Hall; the Hook and Hastings organ and the decorative wood panels; the women who carved the panels and the challenges they faced; and what happened to the organ and the carved panels.

COMING SOON: The Story of Cincinnati Music Hall and Samuel Hannaford, The Architect

Learn how Hannaford emigrated to the U.S. from England as a young child and became a leading architect in Cincinnati. Understand the economic impact of the Miami-Erie Canal that once flowed behind Music Hall. Learn about the construction workers and their tools.

Activity-Based Lessons

Use a Primary Source Activity Up In a Balloon Above Music Hall

This activity is based on the Friends of Music Hall blog post “Up In A Balloon Above Music Hall - 1886 Bird’s Eye View of Cincinnati” and teaches how to answer questions using a chart and pictures. Additional activities about architecture use diversity and inclusion skills.

Create a Timeline Activity Cincinnati 1800-1900

Extension Activities

Create a timeline for the years 1800-1900; place the story of Cincinnati Music Hall within the context of 19th century events; develop a sense of change over time as it relates to cities in the US, including Cincinnati; and learn about immigration and how to create maps.

Friends of Music Hall volunteer Alan Bunker with a group of Most Valuable Kids
Friends of Music Hall volunteer Alan Bunker with a group of Most Valuable Kids
Friends of Music Hall Program Guide Judy Martin's stories hold students' attention
Friends of Music Hall Program Guide Judy Martin's stories hold students' attention
Wood Carvings on display in Taft Suite Inside Cincinnati Music Hall
Wood Carvings on display in Taft Suite Inside Cincinnati Music Hall
Rendering, Cincinnati Music Hall, by Samuel Hannaford
Rendering, Cincinnati Music Hall, by Samuel Hannaford

Educational Program Subscription: Beyond the Performance

Below, you can preview three of the Beyond the Performance Videos included in our Educational Program Subscription package. To find out more information and register for the subscription package, please visit this Link. 

Beyond the Performance: Beethoven to Jazz with the Bass

Featuring CSO musician Matt Zory on Bass, the full video, found in our education subscription, runs 13 minutes and includes beautiful views of Springer Auditorium from the Music Hall stage. A prepared lesson plan also accompanies this video.

 

Beyond the Performance: Viola Dreams

Features CSO/CCM Diversity Fellow Edna Pierce, and shows how one young Cincinnati musician is following her dream to someday join a professional orchestra. A bonus Spanish language feature is included at the end of the video. Peak inside the Corbett Tower room and learn its interesting history. The full video, found in our education subscription, runs 14 minutes. A prepared lesson plan also accompanies this video.

 

 

Beyond the Performance: French Horn Harmony

Featuring CSO musicians Lisa Conway and Elizabeth Freimuth on French horn. The art carved wood panels located in the Taft Suite at Music Hall are also highlighted in this video, and the full version, found in our education subscription, runs 16 minutes. A prepared lesson plan also accompanies this video.

 

 

Beyond the Performance: The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

This 13-minute video showcases the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, now permanently installed in the Music Hall Ballroom. Watch a short performance on the organ, and go behind-the-scenes to see how it works. The full video, found in our education subscription package, includes different musical tempos and styles and illustrates how sound is produced on the organ. A prepared lesson plan also accompanies this video.

 

 

Student Field Trips: A Look Inside Cincinnati's Iconic Music Hall

Treat your students to an interactive learning experience inside Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall. They will learn about music, Cincinnati history, immigration, architecture and the women art carver’s movement all wrapped up in the magnificent package of Music Hall. Students will visit several unique spaces in Music Hall where they will participate in hands-on activities with trained tour guides. Current COVID-19 procedures will be followed for all indoor field trips.

Curriculum: M, SS, VA, SEL

Recommended grades: 3-6

Length: 90 minutes for field trips

Maximum audience: 45 for field trips

Cost: $5 per student for field trips

Find out more about the School Programs by calling (513) 744-3293, or by emailing musichalltour@friendsofmusichall.org.

Ohio Learning Standards Covered:

Fine Arts/Music

  • 3rd grade – (1) Express how elements of music (dynamic, tempo) communicate feelings, moods,
    images and meaning; (2) Explain personal preferences for specific music selections using music
    vocabulary.
  • 4th-6th grades – (1) Using elements of music, describe the connection between emotion and
    music in selected musical works.
  • 3rd-4th grades: (1) Identify the four families of orchestral instruments visually and aurally; (2)
    Follow and respond to the cues of a conductor.
    Social and Emotional
  • 3rd-5th grades – Identify a range of personal emotions
    6th grade – Identify, recognize and name personal complex emotions

Special Thanks to The Friends of Music Hall Children’s Committee:

  • Linda Kiefer, Chair: retired history teacher, Cincinnati Public Schools and Shanghai Singapore International School
  • Sandra Geiser: art historian and lecturer; former French teacher, Summit Country Day and Beechwood
  • Becky Moeggenberg: retired editor and dance enthusiast
  • Lynne Reckman: retired clinical social worker and amateur horn player