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ANSEL ADAMS LESSON PLANS

MUSIC
Listening and Connecting to the Visual Arts

See: Gallery: for photographs of magnificent mountains, such as Monolith, Mount Williamson, and Vernal Falls. Music and its Relation to Other Art Forms

Friends said they could hear Ansel's zone system of tones in his music. He likened the negative to a composer's score, and the photographic print was like a performance with a variety of interpretations, without departing from the major concept.

Activities

Look and Listen # 1

Choose an Ansel Adams photograph and ask students what feeling it inspires. Ask the students to suggest songs or musical compositions that inspire similar feelings. Listen to songs, such as those listed and determine if the mood of the image and songs are similar? Why or why not?

America
Copland - Appalachian Spring
She'll be Coming 'round the Mountain

Look and Listen # 2

Ansel Adams was an accomplished musician, with a career as a pianist before he became a professional photographer He credited the study of music with his development of self-discipline and the pursuit of precision. The pianist Ashkenazy played at his 80th birthday party. He learned to play Handel, Bach, Mozart, and some of his favorite pieces are Beethoven's 4th Symphony and Moonlight Sonata.

Listen to some of the music Ansel Adams most enjoyed or other classical selection and determine if the music is in the same spirit as his photographs.

ANSEL ADAMS LESSON PLANS

MUSIC
Listening and Connecting to the Visual Arts

See: Gallery: for photographs of magnificent mountains, such as Monolith, Mount Williamson, and Vernal Falls.Music and its Relation to Other Art Forms

Friends said they could hear Ansel's zone system of tones in his music. He likened the negative to a composer's score, and the photographic print was like a performance with a variety of interpretations, without departing from the major concept.

Activities

Look and Listen # 1

Choose an Ansel Adams photograph and ask students what feeling it inspires. Ask the students to suggest songs or musical compositions that inspire similar feelings. Listen to songs, such as those listed and determine if the mood of the image and songs are similar? Why or why not?

America
Copland - Appalachian Spring
She'll be Coming 'round the Mountain

Look and Listen # 2

Ansel Adams was an accomplished musician, with a career as a pianist before he became a professional photographer He credited the study of music with his development of self-discipline and the pursuit of precision. The pianist Ashkenazy played at his 80th birthday party. He learned to play Handel, Bach, Mozart, and some of his favorite pieces are Beethoven's 4th Symphony and Moonlight Sonata.

Listen to some of the music Ansel Adams most enjoyed or other classical selection and determine if the music is in the same spirit as his photographs.