Busy Kids Do Nutcracker


Tchaikovsky, Waltz of the Flowers, Playing Rhythms



Welcome back for Day 2 of Busy Kids Do Nutcracker!

Today we’re going to learn about the composer of the music for The Nutcracker Suite — Tchaikovsky. We’re also going to listen to the beautiful “Waltz of the Flowers” and practice playing quarter note rhythms.

Let’s get started!

The music from The Nutcracker was written by a composer named Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

1. Read a little about Tchaikovsky in this composer worksheet. (Print it and color a picture of the Nutcracker doll, too!)

2. “Waltz of the Flowers” is another dance performed for Clara and the Nutcracker prince in the Land of Sweets. Read the guided listening questions below and answer them as you watch.

Do you hear the harp playing as the dancers assemble at the beginning of the piece?

Do you hear the light flutes playing the melody in the middle of the dance?

How would you describe the feeling of the end of the dance?

3. Let’s practice playing quarter note rhythms to Waltz of the Flowers in the video below. Grab your rhythm instrument or clap along with me!