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The Real Composers of Vienna: Ludwig van Beethoven

from Cleveland Institute of Music

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What do you know about Ludwig van Beethoven?  Most would say he was one of the greatest
composers of all time, and that he continued to write music even after becoming
deaf.  You might even be able to
recognize some of his famous compositions! 
But who was he, really?  In this
video conference, we will explore Beethoven the Person through some of his most
well-known compositions.  Participants
will gain a deeper understanding of how Beethoven’s personality and experiences
were reflected in his music, as well as the historical context of the times
that shaped his life. This class is a two lesson unit consisting of one
pre-conference lesson and one video conference. (Lifelong learning audiences
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About This Program


Point to Point: $180.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Performing Arts

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

CIM does not allow the video or audio recording of our distance learning presentations.

Registration for distance learning programs must occur at least four weeks prior to the program date.

The Cleveland Institute of Music will reschedule at no additional charge any programs canceled due to natural events i.e. snow days.

The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

Upon confirmation of registration, payment of fees will be considered due after delivery of the session.

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Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland, OH
United States

The Cleveland Institute of Music is a leading international conservatory that is distinguished by an exceptional degree of collaboration between students and teachers. This same stimulating environment extends to the Institute's community education programs, which help people of all ages realize their full musical potential.

CIM offers many exciting distance learning programs for Pre-K through high school. These programs are informative, fun and highly interactive. In addition to a full array of programs and courses in music, CIM offers a series of interdisciplinary programs that address academic content standards in science, math, language arts, and history. These programs are designed to enliven and reinforce the academic core curriculum

Contact Alisa Andrews about scheduling.

Program Details


Videoconference activities will be selected from the following:
• Review of pre-conference lesson; introduction to Beethoven’s life
• Discussion of Beethoven’s early life
• Discussion of Beethoven’s life in Vienna and his relationship to Haydn and Mozart.
• Compare and contrast:
o Musical Selection: Mozart
o Musical Selection: Haydn
o Musical Selection: Beethoven Piano Trio, Op. 1
• Discussion of Beethoven’s hearing loss
o Musical Selection: Sonata Pathetique
• Musical Selection: Moonlight Sonata
• Discussion of Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament
• Discussion of heroism
o Musical Selection: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
• Demonstration: Advancement of Beethoven’s hearing loss
o Musical Selection: Symphony No. 5
• Discussion of Beethoven’s later works
o Musical Selection: Missa Solemnis
o Musical Selection: Symphony No. 9
o Musical Selection: Grosse Fugue


Students will understand how Beethoven’s life circumstances shaped the music he wrote.
Students will compare and contrast some of Beethoven’s most famous works.
Students will understand the historical events that shaped Beethoven’s life.
Students will understand why Beethoven’s music is still relevant today.

Standards Alignment

National Standards


6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

State Standards

Grade 7
2CE Identify the style and historical period of various music examples.
3CE Recognize and identify historical and cultural contexts (e.g., time and place of a music event) that have influenced music.
5CE Describe a varied repertoire of music with appropriate music vocabulary.

Grade 8
4CE Identify components of larger music works (e.g., symphony, mass, concerto).
5CE Identify and describe non-performing careers in music.
6CE Describe ways that technology and the media arts are used to create perform and listen to music.

HS I - Beginning
3CE Recognize and describe the elements of music.
4CE Listen to and compare various musical styles from the United States, other cultures and historical periods.
5CE Identify musical forms used in vocal and instrumental genres from various historical periods.
6CE Identify the social contexts from which music of various cultures evolved.
8CE Explain the role of technology in researching, creating, performing and listening to music.

HS II- Developing
2CE Identify and trace the development of music forms across historical periods.
3CE Listen to, analyze and describe various music works on the basis of their stylistic qualities and the historical and cultural contexts in which they were created.
4CE Describe the elements of music and their functions.
7CE Identify musical forms used in vocal and instrumental genres from world cultures.
8CE Describe how music reflects the social and political events of history and the role of the musician in history and culture.

HS III- Intermediate
2CE Using appropriate musical terminology, critique various music styles from the United States other cultures and historical periods.
4CE Identify and trace the development of the elements of music across historical periods.
5CE Compare and contrast musical forms used in vocal and instrumental genres.

HS IV- Mastery
2CE Identify and trace the development of the elements of music across musical styles and world cultures.
3CE Analyze various music works from a variety of world cultures, identifying the unique features of expressive content (e.g. role of dynamics, movement, sounds of language-pronunciation and tone colors, style, instruments and accompaniment and ornamentation) and determine how these characteristics contribute to performance style while minimizing stylistic bias.

Grade 7
2RE Compare and contrast a variety of live or recorded music performances using appropriate audience etiquette.
4RE Explain how and why people use and respond to music.

Grade 8
2RE Compare and contrast a varied repertoire of music on the basis of how elements of music are used to create meaning and expression.
3RE Compare and contrast selected composers and their works.
4RE Express how music performance and settings affect audience response.

HS I - Beginning
2RE Respond to aesthetic qualities of a performance using music terminology.
3RE Examine how people from different backgrounds and cultures use and respond to music.
4RE Evaluate the use of the elements of music as relative to expression in a varied repertoire of music.

HS II- Developing
2RE Describe how the use of elements of music affects the aesthetic impact of a music selection.
3RE Discuss how the purpose, meaning and value of music changes because of the impact of life experiences.
5RE Describe the use of elements of music as they relate to expression in a varied repertoire of music.
6RE Incorporate technology when possible in assessing music performances.

HS III- Intermediate
2RE Discuss how people differ in their responses to the aesthetic qualities of performance including their personal responses.
3RE Assess how elements of music are used in a work to create images or evoke emotions.
7RE Evaluate how musical forms and performance practices are influenced by culture and history.

HS IV- Mastery
2RE Describe how compositional devices and techniques (e.g., motives, imitation, suspension and retrograde) are used to provide unity, variety, tension and release in a music work.