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There are 15 exercises to complete during Lesson 11.

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1. Discussion: Rules & Order:
  1. Ask the class questions about their daily routine and why they do certain things at certain times.
  2. Ask:
    • What would happen if they didn’t wake up on time, or if they didn’t eat their breakfast on time.
    • What would happen if they weren’t nice to other people (they wouldn’t have friends)?
    • What would happen if they didn’t share their toys (other people wouldn’t share with them)?
    • What would happen if the bell didn’t ring at the end of the day (they might not know it is home time and they would stay in school)?
    • What would happen if they didn’t wash their hands after they went to the toilet (they may get ill because there are germs)?
    • What would happen if the teacher didn’t turn up to class?

To prompt answers, you can have the children turn to the person next to them discuss each question, before asking for groups to volunteer answers





2. Explain:
  1. Without some order or rules in our daily lives, everything would turn to chaos!
  2. When an orchestra plays music, a special person stands in front of the musicians in how and when to play their instruments leads them.
  3. This is how the instruments are able to make their music sound beautiful when they all play together.

Today we are going to meet that special person.

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3. Adventure Song:
  1. Adventure song: What are we going to find today?
    1. The leader of the music – Commodore Conductor!

Everyone say ‘Conductor’.

Recording: Piano & Vocals:
4. Story:
  1. Read page 34 of the story
    • Discuss who is on the moon? What characters can we see?
    • Who do they think will lead the orchestra and be the conductor?
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5. Show & Explain:
  1. Show the picture of the conductor.
    • Ask: what is he holding? – explain that this is a stick called a ‘baton’, and when he stands at the front of the orchestra, he waves his baton in front of the musicians.
    • He makes special arm movements that tell the musicians how to keep in time with each other as they play their music and also if they are to play loud or soft.
6. Story:
  1. Read page 35 of the story.

Page 35

7. Introduce: Commodore the Conductor
  1. Discussion:
    1. Commodore Conductor:
      • Commodore the conductor is my name.
        Leading others to keep in time’s my game.
        I hold my baton way up high.
        Then count to three as my arms fly.
        I start up high for all to see.
        To make the shape, I’m counting one, two, three.
    2. Ask questions to the class about the poem:
      • What does the conductor tell the musicians to do? (he tells them to keep in time)
      • What does the conductor hold in his hand? (the baton)
      • How many numbers does the conductor count up to when he keeps time with the music? (3)


8. Recap: Beat Beanies
  • Recap:
    1. Show the picture of the Beat Beanies – remind the class of their names.
    2. Ask the class what they are. (They are the music notes and the beats of the music.)
    3. We have to count 1, 2, 3 over and over (do this 5 times with the class, with emphasis on the number 1).

Explain that the conductor uses the Beat Beanies to help the others keep in time with the music.


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9. Demonstrates:  

  1. Demonstrate the arm movements the conductor uses to make three beats (see video).
  2. Have the class copy you. Ask what shape they are making in the air (triangle).
    1. Do this together with the class as many times as possible until fluent saying ‘down, across, and up again’
    2. Once this is fluent, substitute words for ‘1, 2, 3’ – do until fluent


10. ‘Make a Triangle there’ Song: Teach the song and actions to the class.

Recording: Piano & Vocals:

Recording: Piano Only:

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11. Demonstrate Again: Hand out the sticks with the gloves on to each member of the class.

Recap the arm movements to conduct 3 beats.

  1. Do this together with the class as many times as possible until fluent saying ‘down, across, and up again’
  2. Once this is fluent, substitute words for ‘1, 2, 3’ – do until fluent


 12. Playing Music:


  1. Play the chorus music
    1. Have the class count the beats and make the conductor movements, holding their sticks in the hand they do the movement with.

Say the number of beats as you do this.



Music Only:

13. Untuned Instruments:
  1. Untuned Instruments:
    1. Hand out untuned instruments/take back the batons.
    2. Play the chorus music again.
      1. As the music plays, you are to be the conductor and move your baton to the beats, saying the correct beat number.
      2. The class is to play their instruments, saying the number of beats as they play each beat.

Music Only:

14. Game: Become a Leader:
  1. Become a Leader (game):
    1. Ask if anyone wants to come to the front and become the conductor with you as the rest of the class plays as your orchestra.
    2. Play the chorus music and repeat exercise 10.
    3. Allow all children who want to, to have a turn!

Music Only:

 15. Extra Activity:
  1. Extra Activity:
    1. Hand out the activity sheet to each child.
      1. (This is a sheet with a triangle on it.)
    2. Explain that the children have to draw arrows on the lines, showing the way the conductors arm moves when he is conducting.
    3. They are also to write the beat numbers on the outside of the correct lines.



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