The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux) is a musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The work was written for an ad hoc ensemble of two pianos and other instruments, and lasts around 25 minutes.
In class the students listen to the music. They listen for dynamics (loud and soft), tempo (speed), and other expressive elements (short and sharp, fluid and graceful and smooth, jumpy, happy, sad, proud, heavy, light, ….). Then we discuss which animal we feel is being described by the music and what we heard in the music to give us that impression.