Cam Powell

KS1 Lesson 4 Main 3: Making Alien Music

Time: 15 mins Group size: Whole Class Tag words: composing, performing, improvising, instruments, pattern, counting, timbre, play, number, remember, counting, different, sounds Explain to the class that it’s time to make our own piece of Alien Music using the instruments/artefacts found on the alien planet.  Make sure each pupil has an instrument and is sat […]

KS1 Lesson 6 Main 1: Planetary Breakdown!

Time: 25 mins Group size: Groups Tag words: Fuel, Engine, Rocket, Breakdown, Gravity. Role-play, flight check, crescendo, louder, music, piece, crescendo, quietly, louder Tell the class that we need to return to Earth. Role-play opening the hatches, and climbing into the spaceship. Set the scene by running through some flight checks – “check fuel – […]

Secondary Music Pathway to a Piece Lesson 1 Main 2: Examining Scores

Time: 20 minutes Group size: Whole Class Tag words: examine, score, instrument, missing, improvised, harpsichord, continuo, favourite, sections, instrumentation  The class now examine the first few pages of the score. Ask the class – “which instruments are there on the score?” “Which instrument is missing?” (Ans: Harpsichord. The part is improvised in this music. Optional: […]

Secondary Music Pathway to a Piece Lesson 1 Main 1: Active Bach Listening

Time: 15 minutes Group size: Whole Class/Individual Tag words: solo, violins, orchestra, notation, changes, texture, chords, structure, sketch, blocks, colours  Play the class the first movement of Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor. Tell the pupils that the piece is for two solo violins and a string orchestra. Watch with the animated notation: […]

KS1 Lesson 6 Starter: Taking off or landing – what does it sound like?

Time: 10 mins Group size: Whole Class/Group Focus Track: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Tag words: pitch, high, rising, ascending, crescendo, remember, describe, taking off, landing, moving, up, down, hands  Ask the class “can you remember this music from earlier lessons? Can you describe it?” (it builds up, it gets louder, the pitch gets higher, […]

KS1 Lesson 6 Plenary: Sharing the mission experiences

Time: 10 mins Group size: Whole Class/Groups or Partners Focus Track: Alien Shuffle –  Tag words: review, evaluate, perform, share, mission, alien, shuffle  Ask the pupils to share with the rest of the class what their favourite part of the whole mission was. If time, go back through the work they have done, or […]

KS1 Lesson 6 Main 2: Coming Home!

Time: 5 mins Group size: Whole Group Tag words: pitch, low, descending, sinking, diminuendo, instruments, landing, hands, high, quieter, slower, lower  Tell the class that they are almost home, and about to descend through Planet Earth’s atmosphere. Using the pitched instruments, ask for a volunteer from the class to show you what they think landing […]

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