There are 10 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 8

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Pitch: High and Low Voices:

The discussion this week focuses on pitch – how high or low the frequency of a sound is. 

2. Recap Instrument Timbres:

– Timbre is the distinctive sound of an instrument.

– Each of the instruments have been recorded playing the introduction from Voyage to the Moon

– Listen to each of the recordings to hear the distinctive differences between each instrument and take note of their qualities/tone

This lesson focuses on the violin versus the cello- become familiar with the differences in sound

Listen to the whole piece of music to recap and note when you can hear each instrument


The Violin – String Family:

The Cello – String Family:

The French horn – Brass Family:

The Oboe – Woodwind Family:

The Flute – Woodwind Family:

Whole piece of music

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3. The Cello – sound & appearance:

Become familiar with features of the Cello in comparison to the violin.

Become familiar with how the Cello is held, and how it sounds.

Listen to the different clips of the Cello from the Voyage to the Moon music

Take note of the tone of verse 3 of the music

This lesson focuses on the violin versus the cello; 

1. Size: the violin is much smaller than the cello
2. Placement: the cello has a very long pin that rests against the floor; the violin has a chin rest that rests under your chin
3. Pitch: the cello has a low pitch; the violin has a high pitch

The Violin and Cello are from the ‘String’ Family

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Cello Definition:

Cello playing the introduction tune:

Violin playing the introduction tune:

Third verse of music:

Chorus Music Only – Cello plays HARMONY in background:

Video of cellos and violins playing:

Video of cellist + violinist together (from 1:30)


4. Learn the Cedric Cello poem with actions:

Repeat until fluent.

5. Recap Rhythm (if you feel confident, move on to point 7):

  • Rhythm is a repeated pattern of beats throughout the music
  • Following a rhythm helps musicians to keep in time and understand how to play written music


6. Playing a 3 beat rhythm 

  • This – Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.04.35 – is a music note called a ‘crotchet’ – it has a value of ‘1’ beat. The picture in the right hand column shows 2 bars of music, with a time signature of 3 – the video shows how you would play bars of 3 beats
  • Practice playing a 3 beat rhythm without the music, either by clapping or with an instrument – always count louder on beat 1
  • Repeat until confident 

A 3 Beat Rhythm:


7. Beginning of Verse 3:

A ‘crotchet’ or Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.04.35, is only one type of music note.

The picture shows sets of ‘quavers’ or half beats. 2 half beats = 1 crotchet

Practice singing in a low pitch (or speaking in a low pitch) and playing the beat values in verse 3 of Voyage to the Moon – cello solo


8. The Violin’s harmony in Verse 3.

The violins accompany the cello in the background. Practice playing the harmony by clapping, with instruments, and counting the beat values out loud (high pitch voice – either sing or speak).

9. Resources to bring to the lesson: (Resources to download and print are in the third column, in the order that you see below)

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each pupil at least
  • Blank manuscript for each pupil
  • A printed copy the third verse of the music – 1 between 3
  • Copy of the ‘Beat Cheat Sheet’ – 1 between 2
  • String and metal hangers (health and safety – optional)
  • Writing Equipment
  • Lined paper for each pupil



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10. Key vocabulary: 

String Family



The Violin and Cello are from the ‘String’ Family

violin violetcedric cello

Cello Definition:

11. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 1)

The ‘lesson content’  tab, where you will find exercises for this lesson:

  • Ensure you can do all of the exercises.
  • Read through the ‘lesson content’ repeatedly before teaching it in order to be prepared.
  • Play the slideshow (open slideshow button on top corner of page in ‘lesson content’) that will be displayed during the class
  • Download and print the lesson activity sheets at the bottom of the page in ‘lesson content’ – practice explaining the activities as you play the slideshow (see point above)
  • Plan your own answers to the questions you will ask the children to prompt them and retain focus.

The ‘assessment & homework‘ tasks for this lesson

The ‘background information’ tab, where teacher can find further information about the lesson, the story, and the music.