12 Notes of Christmas—Complete Playlist
Questions/Curriculum for “The 12 Notes of Christmas”
13-webisode mashup of The Twelve Days of Christmas and
1. General Questions
Shakespeare is the most famous playwright. (He also wrote many sonnets, some of which are included in his plays.) The design of the series was to help celebrate Shakespeare’s 400 year legacy, thus involved classic theater themes/icons like curtain, stage, backdrop and props.
Plays are performed on a stage and often have curtains that open and close at the beginning and ending of scenes. Many theater curtains are red in color. The Globe Theatre, however, does not have a curtain.
A backdrop allows the scene to demonstrate location of the scene. Props (short for “properties”) or more complex design structures can add more details. Each number showcases an instrument which are “props” of each scene.
2. December 25: Introduction
The kettle drum sets the structure (tempo, beat) to the band, like 0 does for the number team, Team Ten.
A traditional western Christian calendar has celebrated 12 days of Christmas starting on or after Christmas day through January 5 or 6. January 6, Epiphany, is also known as Three Kings Day, the day the Wise Men visited the newborn Jesus.
Twelfth Night is a famous comedy written by Shakespeare as entertainment for the close of the Christmas season.
3. December 26: Day 1
- The Sydney Opera House.
- “Shrimp on the Barbie”.
4. December 27: Day 2
5. December 28: Day 3
The Great Pyramids of Giza.
6. December 29: Day 4
7. December 30: Day 5
8. December 31: Day 6
9. January 1: Day 7
10. January 2: Day 8
11. January 3: Day 9
12. January 4: Day 10
13. January 5: Day 11
14. January 6: Day 12
My true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
During 2015, makers created homes for numbers at the following shows:
- 10th Anniversary Bay Area Maker Faire on May 16 and 17
- First National (DC) Maker Faire on June 12 and 13
- World Children’s Festival, July 1
- Baltimore Port Discovery Children’s Museum during July weekends
- 6th New York Maker Faire, Sept 26 and 27