Surprise Symphony

Now that you know how to count using “ta” and “ti-ti,” your children can start identifying rhythms in classical music. The Surprise Symphony (Symphony No. 94, second movement) was composed by Franz Joseph Haydn. Listen to the first 35 seconds and see if your children can identify the “surprise.” Then listen to the first 35 seconds again and try to identify the rhythms used. It starts with “ti-ti.”

Rhythm to the beginning of the Surprise Symphony (for parent reference only):

Surprise Symphony RhythmOnce your children have identified the rhythm, have them listen to the rest of the movement and identify when this rhythm returns. Encourage them to dance and move around to the music.