Our “Ode to Joy”

within the project “Let’s make notes”: a multisensory musical path

    School sections
    • Primary
    • Lower secondary school
    Educational subjects
    • Instrumental practice
    • Music, Rhythm and movement
    • Vocalism

Our “Ode to Joy”

This path used a multisensory approach to music leading the students to learn how to play a musical piece starting from LISTENING. In fact, owing to this approach, the students carried out an all-inclusive path that led them to explore and to interiorize, step by step and at various levels, the characteristics of a musical piece, up to its instrumental performance and its reading-writing, only after experiencing singing and movement. A playful way to learn how to play Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” on the keyboard, in an ensemble format. The activity proposed falls within a wider path: the project “Let’s make notes”, based on a multisensory didactics, strongly inclusive, that allows to use the students’ different  cognitive styles (e.g. auditory, visual-verbal...), fosters the development of transversal skills and a balanced growth (cognitive, emotional-relational, gross and fine motor skills...), offering at the same time precious ideas for connections with the other subjects.

In fact, both the piece (due to the message of peace and brotherhood within the text) and the performance modality have educational purposes, giving the possibility to work on the development of relationships within the class.

The project “Let’s make music” is currently conducted in several primary school classes in Vanzago, and is inserted in the PTOF of the Comprehensive Institute Paolo Neglia in Vanzago-Pogliano Milanese (MI).

Work tools

In order to conduct the musical activities, it is necessary to have at disposal a space organized as a musical laboratory. Therefore, it is necessary to have:

- a blackboard
- a sound system
- a keyboard for the teacher
- keyboards for the students, preferably one each, or one in two
- an IWB to show videos or images related to the musical activity proposed
- audio files of the “Ode to Joy” in C major (see downloadable materials)
- score of the “Ode to Joy” (see downloadable materials)

Time for its realization: the activity related to the “Ode to Joy” required about 2/3 months (one hour a week), and it was realized in parallel with other musical activities.

Educational purposes

The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.

    • Sound perception
    • Interpretation
    • Analysis
    • Comprehension
    • Execution
    Reading and Writing
    • Use of conventional analogic music notation
    • Learning to listen to oneself and to the others
    • Identify the constitutive elements of a simple piece of music
    • Exploring, identifying and elaborating sound phenomena on the basis of quality, space and source
    • Producing timbre, melodic and rhythmic combinations applying basic schemes; executing them with the voice, the body and instruments (including IT tools).
    • Playing, alone or in group, simple vocal or instrumental pieces of music belonging to different genres and cultures, using also didactic instruments and self-made tools.
    Reading and Writing
    • Using analog and codified notation
    Lower secondary school
    • Understands and evaluates events, materials, and musical works recognising their meanings, also in relation to his/her own musical experience and the different historical/sociological context.
    • Actively participating in music experiences through the execution and the interpretation of vocal and instrumental music pieces belonging to different genres and cultures.
    Reading and Writing
    • Using different notation systems functional to reading, analysis and reproduction of pieces of music
Educational targets

The educational objectives are as follows:

- to promote and develop a listening attitude,
- to develop lateralization and fine motor skills,
- to develop cognitive abilities (use of logical, intuitive and creative thinking),
- to foster dialogue, cooperation and inclusion within the class,
- to develop a respectful and attentive attitude towards other cultures, a scope of action where music can play a privileged role, since it does not require to share verbal experiences.

On the basis of the educational objectives of the project, the students learn how to:
- listen, recognize, analyze and represent sonorous phenomena and musical languages;
- grasp the most immediate expressive values of the musical pieces listened to, translating them with words, motor action, drawings;
- express themselves by singing;
- play several musical instruments;
- increase basic musical knowledge and competences;
- develop the ability to sing, move, play together keeping time;
- increase and improve behavioral characteristics, such as mutual respect, sense of responsibility and discipline.


Commenti inseriti
Slide "Our “Ode to Joy”"
Presentazione della buona pratica Download
Link utili
L'Inno alla gioia (1) - Introduzione Click here
Inno alla Gioia (2) - L'Era glaciale e i Muppets Click here
L’approccio multisensoriale al suono Click here
Materiali finalizzati all'azione didattica
Schema per l’insegnamento della melodia Download
Spartito in Do con testo in italiano dell'Inno alla gioia Download
File audio dell'Inno alla gioia Download