There are 13 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 9

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Recap pitch:

The discussion this week focuses on reviewing our work on ‘pitch’, focusing on the cello (low) and violin (high).

2. Recap the Story so far:

The first clip is without the narration, the second is with

Recap events in the story, taking notes about the tone of each section

The third clip is verse 3 of the music – this will be the focus of the lesson


3. 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 oboe


The Violin – String Family:

The Cello – String Family:

The French horn – Brass Family:

The Oboe – Woodwind Family:

The Flute – Woodwind Family:

4. Oboe – sound & appearance:

Become familiar with the oboe

  • Watch video of a oboist playing an oboe
  • Listen to the introduction of ‘Voyage to the Moon’ being played by the whole orchestra, then by the oboe only and then by the violin only – note the difference in timbre (distinctive sound)
  • Listen to the third verse of music – the oboe is the instrument heard straight after the cello (12 seconds into the clip)

The Oboe and Flute are from the ‘Woodwind’ Family

Olive the OboeFlora Flute

Oboe Definition:

Oboe playing the introduction tune:

Third Verse of Voyage to the Moon:

Violin playing the introduction tune:

Whole orchestra playing the introduction tune:

Video of Oboe playing:


 5. Verse 3: Who’s Playing?

Become familiar with the instrument solos in verse 3 of the music – practice saying the names of the instruments to the music clips as they are heard

Note down tone of each part played by each instrument.

Correspond with events from the story (narrated music = 2nd clip)

Verse 3:

Verse 3 (Narrated):

Video of when the flute, violin and oboe play verse 3:
6. Recap Rhythm (if you feel confident, move on to point 8):

  • 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


7. 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:

8. The Oboe Solo in Verse 3:

A ‘crotchet’ or Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.04.35, is only one type of music note. It equals 1 beat.

The picture shows other beats values and their symbols.

Look at the Oboe’s sheet music for verse 3. It’s solo comes just after the Cello solo. Practice clapping with the beat numbers, and also be saying ‘short’ and ‘long’ to the music.

Practice clapping the beats of the whole melody of Verse 3, taking note of the instruments that are playing. Look at the different music sheets to follow the music. Click ‘Open Slideshow’ on the top right corner of this page to practice – you will see the written music with the matching audio clips.

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9. Sound Features of the Oboe:

Take note of how the oboe sounds in verse 3.


Tone = excited, duration = long and short notes, pitch = high, tempo = slow–>fast (repeats twice)

Verse 3:

10. Olive the Oboe Poem:

Learn the poem and actions until fluent.

11. 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
  • A copy of the Oboe Poem Activity sheet – 1 between 2. There are 4 on a page.
  • Plain manuscript – 2 between 3 pupils.
  • A printed copy of the beat sheet for each pupil.
  • Writing Equipment – pencils and rubbers
  • Lined paper for each pupil



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12. Key vocabulary: 


Woodwind Family




Woodwind Family:


13. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 9)

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.