Unit 5 Music in Siberia
Read the text and answer the questions.
Novosibirsk State Conservatory of Music.
recently the Novosibirsk Conservatory of Music was the first and the only
music higher educational institution in Siberia and the Far East. Young people
devoted to music study here to become professional musicians in each sphere of
music art, composition, experts in music. A fair number of graduates become
teachers of music schools and colleges, they are members of music organization
and work in musical theatres all over Russia and abroad.
Conservatory of Music was opened in 1956 to admit 58 students. Now the
students body is about 800. One can hear good music all day long in the day
time and at night. The Conservatory of Music stands in the very centre of the
city in Sovjetskaya Street, 31. On the left-hand side is the monument
dedicated to M. Glinka — the first composer of Russian National Style, whose
name our conservatory bears. On the right-hand side is the Central
ground floor is a hall with a magnificent staircase leading to classrooms,
laboratories and studios, a cloak-room and a canteen. A good library with a
fine selection of musical and fictional literature is also on the ground
floor. The Conservatory's Maly and Bolshoi Halls are used for concerts and
Where do many talented pupils enter the
musical schools and colleges?
What faculties are there in the
Do the pupils have to take different
How long does the training course last?
Why is the violin school a special pride?
What prominent musicians of Novosibirsk
are well known all over the country?
7. Who is
the director (conductor) of our Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra?
Which is the odd word out?
viola, cello, double-bass, orchestra
Piano, musicology and composition, choral
conducting, folk instruments, vocal singing, music
Musician, composer, conductor, singer,
Conservatory, music school, music lyceum,
the conservatory museum
Complete the following sentences using the words from the text:
Young people devoted to music study here
Student's study at six faculties...
Much attention is paid to...
The folk Instruments Orchestra of the
Novosibirsk Radio and Television...
For the same purpose the Music Lyceum...
The Novosibirsk Conservatory of Music was
the first and...
The Conservatory Museum has...
4. Translate into English:
Музыкальная консерватория открылась в 1956
году, приняв 58 студентов.
Сейчас студентов около 800.
В течение всего дня и даже ночью можно
слышать музыку в стенах консерватории.
Консерватория находится в самом центре
города на улице Советской, 31.
Слева от консерватории находится памятник
М. Глинке – первому национальному композитору России, чье имя носит наша
Справа от консерватории находится
Малый и большой залы консерватории
используются для концертов, конференций и встреч.
Make up dialogues on the following topics:
You are interviewing an applicant for a
musical teaching profession.
You are talking to a foreigner looking for
some information about music life in Siberia.
Your younger brother made up his mind
to become a musician. Try to courage him.
Speak about images or word pictures that
help creating the mood during the "First Concert" by Chaikovsky.
Working in groups, do the following tasks:
Write a list of famous English composers.
Design a reference booklet about Russian
musicians of the XX century.
Cultural Quiz: How well do you know music?
was born in...
most successful American group of the sixties was...
The Grateful Dead
The Beach Boys
"Imagine",'' Girl, Because" were written by...
"Beatles" were from...
Progressive rock and heavy metal were two of the most interesting kinds of pop
music of ... was loud, unmusical, ugly and very different from love and peace
of the sixties
Bee Jeeps and the Swedish group Abba represented completely different kind of
Rock and roll
biggest black superstar of the eighties was...
eighties superstar... is a very good dancer, her music is loud, fast, exciting
is a kind of music when talk more than sing fast over the music coming from
live musicians or from a DJ, or from different records.
Write a short report on why you like (or
don't like) pop music.
Write a story about a boy or girl who
becomes a famous pop star.
Write a short story of a singer or a band
that you like a lot.