There are 9 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 10

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Consolidation & the Flute:

The discussion this week focuses on consolidating what has been learned so far – recap using preparation from all previous lessons

It also focuses on the flute

2. Recap the Story so far:

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

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

The third clip is the final chorus and verse 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. Flute – sound & appearance:

Become familiar with the flute and distinguish it from the oboe

  • Watch video of a flautist playing a flute
  • Listen to the introduction of ‘Voyage to the Moon’ being played by the flute only and then by the oboe only – note the difference in timbre (distinctive sound)
  • The flute can be heard during the final chorus with the other instruments and also plays the second half of the final verse of the music (final instrument heard)

The Oboe and Flute are from the ‘Woodwind’ Family

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Flute Definition:

Oboe playing the introduction tune:

Flute playing the introduction tune:

Final chorus and verse:

Video of flute playing:


 5. Verse 3: Who’s Playing?

Become familiar with the instrument solos in verse 3 of the music to hear the difference between the oboe and the flute.

Note down tone of each part played by each instrument.

Answers (in order of when they play):

Cello: low pitch, short and smooth notes (get longer just before the oboe plays), angry and worried tone that turns excited, fast tempo, timbre is confident and heavy (and anything else you believe it to sound like).

Oboe: high pitch, long and short jumpy notes, fast tempo, excited tone, timbre is melodious and confident and smooth.

Flute: high pitch, long and short smooth notes, medium tempo, tone is excited and dreamy, timbre is breathy, light, gentle, hollow.

Violins: high pitch, long and short notes both jumpy and smooth, excited tone, fast tempo, timbre is sharp melodious confident shrill bright.

Verse 3:

Verse 3 (Narrated):

Video of when the flute, violin and oboe play verse 3:
6. Verse 3: Play the Beats depending on the instrument:

Look at the simplified manuscript of verse 3 – it shows you the parts that each instrument plays.

Recap beat values from beat sheet

Using an untuned instrument, practice playing each instrumental part to the music until confident in all of them (saying the number of beats at the same time)

Click Open Slideshow at the top right corner of the page to play each part bit-by-bit. The written and audio music is separated into 3 slides.

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Verse 3:

7. Instruments playing in the final chorus and verse:

Take note of which instruments play, the tone etc. of the music.

The oboe plays the melody in the final chorus. It is accompanied by the whole orchestra. The violins finish the chorus.

The first half of the final verse is play by the French horn.

The middle of the final verse is played by the Oboe.

The rest of the final verse is played by the Flute. 

Final Chorus and Verse Music Only:

Final Chorus and Verse with Narration:


Final Chorus:

Pitch = high,           Duration= long, smooth notes, the violins play shorter notes at the end,         Tone = dreamy, grand, gets excited,          Tempo = slow,              Timbre = (oboe) – melodious, warm, smooth, bright. (violins) – confident, bright, sharp

Final Verse:

Pitch = medium then high,           Duration = long and short, smooth notes, slightly jumpy at the end,              Tone = relaxed, dreamy, timid but gets braver at the end,       Tempo = slow, gets even slower!         Timbre = (French horn) – gentle, brassy, warm, mellow, smooth (Oboe) – honky, gentle, smooth (Flute) – bright, light, breathy, hollow, confident at the end

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

  • A printed copy of the observation sheet for each pupil (2 on a page to cut up)
  • Manuscript paper for each pupil
  • A copy of the beat sheet (one between 2)
  • 8 copies of the 4 manuscript pages
  • Printed copies of the beat-value test (1 for each pupil)
  • Printed copies of the final chorus lyrics – 1 between 2 and there are 10 on each page to cut up
  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each pupil at least
  • Writing Equipment
  • Lined paper for each pupil


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9. Key vocabulary: 

Woodwind Family



Woodwind Family:

Flute Definition:

10. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 10)

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.