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There are 10 exercises to complete during Lesson 6.

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1. Discussion: Listening to others:
  1. Have the class sit in a circle.
  2. Hand out untuned instruments to each member of the class.
  3. Go around the circle and ask each child in turn to play a short rhythm on their instrument while the others listen – the teacher can do this first e.g. a fast sequence of notes, a steady pulse, 4 jutted notes et.c

Once everyone has had a go, have everyone play altogether for 10 seconds.

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2. Explain the connections: Musicians play their instruments beautifully, but sometimes when playing together they can play louder or quieter than others, so when we all play together, some instruments may not be heard.

Similarly, there are so many instruments in the orchestra, and sometimes when they play all at the same time, some of them get lost in the background so we can’t hear them!

Today we are going to learn about a special instrument that plays a lot in the prince’s music, but she is very quiet so we can’t hear her until the very end when she plays by herself!

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 3. Responding to Music:
  1. Play audio clip of the orchestra playing together (you can play this repeatedly for this activity).
  2. Ask the children to clap along with the music.
  3. Call out names of 2 children as the music is playing and everyone must stop clapping except for those children until you say “everyone together”. Repeat a few times.

This can alternatively be done with the use of untuned instruments

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4. Recap the Orchestra:
  1. Using the Orchestra picture, name the instruments that have been learned so far.
  2. Ask if anyone can spot the instrument we have yet to meet.
  3. When the flute has been pointed to, explain that this is Olive the Oboe’s sister, Flora Flute.

She has a very quiet sound but she makes beautiful music that sounds like a bird singing
(ask if anyone can tweet or toot like a bird – do together and then stop).

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5. Discussion: Instrument Families: The Woodwind Family: Recap on how the instruments in the orchestra all come from different families. Instruments in the same family can look similar, and sound similar. They also can be slightly different.

Name the 3 families

Ask the class which families these instruments belong to. This discussion can be prompted by recapping the instruments. Read their poems with actions and then engage in the discussions.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Recap the Story:

 

Recap on the story learned so far – use prompts to do this.

Use questioning from all previous lessons to explore and discuss the story e.g. how the Instrument-friends were feeling during story events.

Read page 22.

 

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 7. Introduce Flora Flute: Flora Flute is Olive the Oboe’s sister.

  1. They love playing with each other in the orchestra.
  2. Play the video of flute and oboe duet to demonstrate this point.
  3. The friends need to find Flora to help everyone listen to each other. Flora has such a soft voice, that everyone must stop and listen to her music when she plays.
    1. How do you think Cedric will respond to this?
    2. Do you think he will be sad, happy, worried etc.?

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8. Discussion: Flora Flute
  1. Read page 23 of story
  2. Read Flora’s poem as a class with actions: You will want to read the poem in a high and soft voice.

 

  1. Ask the class how Flora said to hold her?
    1. Show example – Hold it out in front of you or is this to the side – to the side.
  2. What colour is Flora? Do you think there are similarities between her and her sister (show Olive Oboe).

Read page 24 of story.

Use the video to help your discussion

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9. Position to play the Flute: Show the class a music clip demonstrating the way a musician plays the flute and how to hold it. FROM 1:41

Take note of:

  • how quickly he takes a breath in before playing, making smallest movements possible with his mouth.
  • How he uses all 10 fingers on the keys to play different notes.
10. Imagination Time:
  1. Ask the children to shut their eyes
    (they can do so sitting up or lying down)
  2. Play audio of the flute playing its solo
  3. Clap or Snap for the children to ‘wake up’

Ask the children what they thought about the new instrument’s music – was it loud or soft, was it pretty or ugly, did it play fast or slow?

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Final Verse – Voyage to the Moon:

9. Movement to Music:

 

  1. Give children untuned instruments to become the orchestra playing in time with the music
  2. Play the music from the beginning
    1. During the beginning of the first verse, tell the children to either play their instruments low to the ground or high in the air – the whole orchestra is playing therefore it is a chance for choice
    2. In the first verse, when the music pauses, tell the children that the flute is playing so to hold the instruments on their side and bring them near to their faces, and to softly blow onto their instrument
  • For the chorus, tell the children to play their instruments to reflect the mood of the music – prompt by suggesting that it is either soft and relaxing, or loud and scary
    1. As they are playing, ask the class which instrument they think is playing – you can prompt by showing the picture of the French Horn
  1. Verse 2 is the violin solo – tell the students that the violin is playing and that they should hold their instrument like a violin and question them on how to create fast bow actions
  2. For the second chorus, have the children play their instruments softly as they sing the prince’s song
  3. Verse 3 starts off with a low pitch, and then a high pitch
    1. For the low pitch, tell the children that the cello is playing it’s low music so lets play our instruments low to the ground
    2. For the high pitch, tell the children that the music is getting happier and higher so stand up, dance on your tiptoes and play your instruments high in the air
  • Final Chorus – the oboes are playing, tell the children to pretend their instruments are an oboe and to pretend playing it – ask them how many fingers you need to play the oboe
  • Final verse – tell the children to dance or move to the mood of the music

Explain that the French horn is playing first part, and the flute the second

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10. Extra Activity:
  1. Hand out A4 plain paper to each child
  2. Have them draw each instrument and write the name of the instrument (you can help them).
  3. Draw prince and rocket
 

 

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