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There are 10 exercises to complete during Lesson 2.

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Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

1. Solve the Anagram: Tell the class to work in pairs to un-jumble the letters on the board  slide01
2. Discussion: Elements of Teamwork:

Connect words in the right column to the left column with a line. You can invite students to the board to connect the terms.
Share-Goals, Give-Support, Different – Roles/Positions, Follow-Rules, Work-Together, Led by-A Leader/Captain, Get better through-Practice

3. Explain:  Explain that an orchestra is a large group of musicians and they need to use teamwork skills in the same way other teams do. Each group of instruments has it’s own role, sometimes performing alone and other times supporting the rest of the ‘team’ with their music. Their aim is to tell a story through the way they play their music  Slide07
4. Group Activity: Instrument Stories:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Group scenes from the previous lesson
  • Writing material
  • Untuned instruments
  • Lined paper for each group

Story scenes where the groups must add another action that requires an instrument AT THE SAME TIME as the other one being played already.

During performance, other groups have to close their eyes and work out which instruments were playing

Other groups to write the answers on paper and then the class will discuss what they heard after each performance

5. Class Exercise: Who’s Who?:

 1. Discuss and explain ‘timbre’ – what makes instruments different from each other?
2. Play the Who’s Who game – the teacher or another student should ‘tap’ (point 3)

6. Introduce the Orchestra:

1.Explain that this is the orchestra and that musicians who play the same instruments sit together

2.Offenbach liked to write for more than one instrument as it meant he could use all their different sounds to make more ambitious pieces of music

3.We are going to discover the different groups of players of Offenbach’s orchestra for Voyage to the Moon.

7. Explain: Offenbach-Orchestra


Recap name of composer learned last lesson (Jacques Offenbach)

Introduce the connection between Offenbach and the orchestra, why orchestra was important to him both personally and to his work.

Explain: we are going to listen to the music and decide how many instruments Offenbach decided to use for each part – 1, more than 1 or the whole orchestra and why we think he did this to tell parts of his story.

8. Introduce the Instrument Families:

1.Read the timbre riddles for the class to discuss/answer

2. Play a clip of an instrument from each family as you discuss

3.Introduce the 3 instrument families (all but percussion). Ask what similarity they can SEE between same family instruments.

4. Test on which ‘family’ each sound file belongs toSlide5


9. Independent Exercise: What Families Can You Hear?:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Small piece of lined paper for each pupil
Explain that you will now listen to the introduction music of Voyage to the Moon that you heard last week with the story.

This time you will only hear the music.

OBSERVATION SHEET – try to work out which family or families are playing Break music up into sections. In between playing a section, quickly refresh by playing instrument solos again:



 Introduction for verse 1 – orchestra: 

Verse 1 part 2: Woodwind then strings

Verse 1 part 3: Just strings


10. Group Composing Exercise:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  1. Composition worksheets from the previous lesson
  2. Writing equipment
  3. Lined paper for pupils to write ideas and stories on
  4. Untuned instruments for students to explore

1. Hand each group their work from last week   + lined paper

2. Play the introduction music of Voyage to the Moon (stop before the chorus

3. Groups will need to decide what their opening scene will be – it must match the tone/mood of the introduction music. They will use the untuned instruments to describe their opening scenes and so have to choose which ones to use and how. Log ideas

3. Each sentence (minimum 8) must describe what is happening, and require 1 or more instruments to be played

4. Collect in work (will need to bring work for future lessons)


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