Kindergarten and first grade learned about Debussy's life and then mirrored the teacher while stretching and moving to Debussy's "Clair de Lune" for piano.
Second through fifth grades did the same as Kindergarten and first grade, but they also learned about Impressionism, an era of art history. [Read more about Impressionism HERE] We looked at two water lily paintings by Claude Monet, a famous Impressionist painter, and noticed the differences in light (due to time of day) and a simple subject matter. Debussy was very influenced by Impressionist art like this and composed his music in a similar way - focusing on creating a mood, rather than telling a story. This style of musical composition also became known as Impressionism.