self expression is critical for the development of children’s identities and “sense of self.” Metaphorical thinking is a skill that, if left unused, can atrophy.
A key element in the lesson plan is attempts to bolster student reflection on their artistic work; this reflection is an important element for any artistic production and is the step in the learning process which most calls on students to think metaphorically and to simply express their own views and identity.
The understanding developed through addressing Component 4 provides the basis for reconstructing or reframing. You suggest how your understanding of the information/substance/content and the issues raised, will influence your future actions.
The Sorcerers Apprentice (LApprenti Sorcier) is a symphonic piece composed in 1897 by the French composer, Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Its history reaches back in time to AD150 and stretches to the present day.
The composition is a form of program music because it is intended to evoke images in the mind of the listener by musically representing a scene, narrative, image or mood. In this case, the music relates to the poem written by the famous German figure, Goethe (1749-1832), who in turn had based his poem on a story by the Greek, Lucian, written around AD150.
The story and music were popularized in 1940 by the Walt Disney film Fantasia (a set of animated short stories based on classical music). In the Disney version, Mickey Mouse plays the sorcerer’s apprentice. This segment of the film was so popular that it was repeated in the remake of the film in 2000.
The story differs in each account but the contemporary theme of the unwitting person unleashing powers beyond their control appears in many other stories including Faust, Frankenstein and Golem - that have in turn spawned a whole range of variations in films and computer games - and fairy tales such as The Master and his Pupil.
Dukas’ music is richly textured with musical themes and motifs