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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: […]

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 2 Main 1: Improvising on a D minor scale

Time: 15 minutes Group size: Whole Group Tag words: scale, minor, improvisation, improvising, backing track, rising, rhythm, rest, call and response  RESOURCE NEEDED: Pathway to a Piece 1, Project Examples Worksheet.doc Introduce the first phrase and ask the group to play it together. Remind them to count the beats rest, and to note the 2 […]

Secondary Music Pathway to a Piece Lesson 2 Main 2: Group Improvisation

Time: 20 minutes Group size: Whole Group Tag words: scale, minor, improvisation, improvising, backing track, rising, rhythm, rest, call and response, develop, solo, vary, dynamics, articulation, harmony.  RESOURCE NEEDED: Pathway to a Piece 1, Project Examples Worksheet.doc, backing track 1 Tell the class that the improvisation is going to develop by moving to each person […]

KS1 Lesson 2 Main 2: Communicating with the Alien

Time:  10 mins Group size: Whole class – into pairs Tag words: alien, communication, understanding, practice, talking, nonsense, situation, scenario, perform, imagine Ask the class to imagine that an Alien who didn’t speak English came into our classroom and spoke to them.  “Would they understand what we were saying?  Would we understand them?  How would […]

KS1 Lesson 1 Main 2: Moving like an Astronaut

Time: 15 mins Group size: whole group Focus Track: Clubbed To Death – https://bit.ly/2qWlcsL Focus video: Walking on the Moon https://youtu.be/aQX9KOCS7MA Tag words: Listening, dancing, responding, science (gravity), beats, astronaut, movement, dance, club, mirroring.   Show the pupils videos of astronauts moving in space and ask them “what is different about their movements?  Why is […]

KS1 Lesson 1 Main 1: Letter from the European Space Agency

Time: 10 mins Group size: whole class Tag words: reading strategies, phonics, geography, science, alien, planet, letter Arrange for someone from the office to deliver a “Letter from the ESA” letter to the classroom (see associated resources for this printout). It will be most effective and funny/memorable if it is so large that everyone can […]

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