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There are 14 exercises to complete during Lesson 8.

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Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

1. Discussion: Hand, eye and mouth coordination:
Tell the class to:
Look at the board
On 3, speak the words on the board out loud
On 3, perform the actions written on the board
Discuss which 3 body parts performed functions in the exercise
2. Explain:
Explain that in order to play most instruments, your body has to perform multiple functions at the same time. This is especially true if you are playing an instrument from which two families – woodwind and brass


3. Aims of the Class:

Have someone read the aims of the lesson out loud

4. Team Activity: Reactions: Hand, Eye & Mouth Coordination:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • A printed copy of task sheet part 1 for each pupil
  • A printed copy task sheet part 2 for each pupil (you can cut this up as the same instruction is on the sheet 3 times)
  • A printed copy of the team composing form
  • Six plain pieces of paper per team
  • Thick marker pens (dark colours) for each team
  • Untuned instruments
Each team is given a set of instructions in the next column:

The teams will write instructions that members from opposing teams will have to perform.

The teacher should collect in each team composing form prior to performance, and mark on the sheet how precise the instructions were, and the names of the opposing team members who performed them, as well as how accurate the task was performed, and how quickly the reaction once the instruction was received

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5. Recap Offenbach and the story so far Recap using the pictures – ask about the different events and musical elements that have been discussed so far slide10slide09 slide06 slide07 slide08   slide11
6. Introduce the Class Exercise: Music Comprehension:

Explain that are now going to listen to verse 3 of Voyage to the Moon. Our job is to try and work out what happens in the story after the prince tosses the crown aside.

Explain the process of the class exercise e.g. first we will, next we will etc.

7. Class Exercise Part 1: Read the story options:

1. Introduce the story options

2. Select students to read the options on the board out loud

8. Class Exercise Part 2: Discuss the text:

1. Synonyms: Go round the class and ask each pupil, in turn to share what comes to mind when they think of the words on the board. The mood or tone of the story, the themes it may encompass

2.Write on Board: As the class says their opinions, write these on the board under the corresponding word – you can have 3 pupils stand at the board writing these to increase focus and enjoyment

3.Understanding Text: Ask questions about what the class think the mood, tone or atmosphere in the story options may be in relation to the music.





9. Class Exercise Part 3: Listen to the Music:

1.Remind class that as they listen to the music, they must decide which scenario matches the mood/tone of the music

2.Play the music

3.Discuss thoughts about which story the class thinks the composer is telling – you can always play the clip again for prompting

4.Discuss pitch, timbre, tone, duration etc. – can demonstrate with instruments and remind by replaying the music

5.Discuss what happened at the end of the verse (crescendo)


10. Display the Answer:

1.Display the answer page from the exercise

2.Play the music


11. Introduce the Oboe:

Introduce the oboe – play the video of the Haydn Oboe Concerto (FROM 1:49 – time in video when the oboe solo starts). Use this to discuss how it is played and held, and it’s timbre (compare first clip which is oboe, to second clip which is the violin)

In the YouTube video, the oboe plays notes with a very long AND a very short duration. As you play the video, tell pupils to count out loud the longest note of the oboe (this is around the 2 minute mark). Play the clip again to see if the pupils can sing the long note alongside the oboe.


12. Independent Exercise: What Can You Hear?

Resources to bring for this exercise:

  • A printed copy of the observation sheet for each pupil
  • Writing Equipment
  • A copy of the answers (for the teacher) so you can mark the work as soon as the exercise is complete:


Hand each pupil an observation sheet.

Play verse 3 of the music with the narration, and display the story pages.slide27slide21


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13. Create an Oboe:

Resources to bring for this exercise:

  • A straw for each pupil
  • Scissors for each pupil
  • An Activity Instruction sheet
  • Your own ‘straw oboe’ to use as an example
1.Discuss vibrations – when you blow out, your throat/vocal cords are not vibrating – your lips are

2.Make long and short notes

3.Give manuscript – in pairs must write 4 bars of both long and short notes and play on their ‘oboes’ – hand manuscript to other groups to perform

4.Discuss what you change with your breath to do long or short notes

14. Independent Composing Exercise:

1.To plan and begin writing their story for verse 3

2.Give sheet of – what is going on with music and instruments and tone etc.


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