There are 11 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 12

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Leaders in Society:

The discussion focuses on different types of leaders that the students are or should be familiar with, and their job roles.


Headmaster, Prime Minister/President, Chief of Police, Zookeeper, Captain/Manager

2. Explain: Leader of an Orchestra:

Prepare an explanation about the necessity of a leader of an orchestra.
There are so many instruments in Offenbach’s orchestra. Each musician has a different role that changes throughout the music and so the orchestra has a leader to help keep order and interpret the work of the composer.
3. Conductor of an Orchestra:

Learn the role and functions of the conductor of an orchestra.

He uses his body language – eyes, hands, posture and other gestures – to instruct musicians:

  • when it is their turn to play,
  • how expressively to play,
  • how loud to play,
  • how fast to play,
  • what rhythm to keep to

Watch the video of Daniel Baremboim conducting. He is a world famous conductor and really engages the musicians with his body movements.


Conductor Baton:

Conductor Podium:


Conductor in action:

4. Practice conducting to a 3-beat rhythm

  • Make a baton – roll up a sheet of A4 paper into a thin cylinder (length ways) and stick a piece of tape to hold it
  • Recap information from preparation for lesson 3 on playing 3-beat rhythms
  • Watch the video and copy the actions – you will want to mirror the actions in the video   
  • Practice conducting fast and slow, and loud and soft (bigger movements for loud, smaller ones for soft)

Conduct a 3 Beat Rhythm:

5. Practice Conducting to the Chorus:

  • Use your ‘baton’ to practice conducting a 3 beat rhythm to the chorus (and singing the beats)
  • Make sure you can do it to the music clip!
  • Repeat until confident 

Conduct to the Chorus:

6. Learn the song, ‘Make a Triangle There’, with the actions.

Read the lyrics, watch the video and remember your conducting baton!





Recording: Piano & Vocals:
Recording: Piano Only:
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7. Recap on Rhythm (visit preparation for lesson 3), and Dynamics (preparation for lesson 11). 
8. Practice the Class Exercise:

Practice points 1-3 + practice calling out the names of the instruments as they play.

Open Slideshow on the top right hand corner of the page to practice this exercise.

There you will find all the music – written and audio and with narration.

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

  • A piece of A4 paper for each pupil – plus glue or tape
  • Sheets of A4 tracing paper – 1 between 3.
  • Printed pages of the 3 beats on music paper – one between 3.
  • Blue tac for each pupil.
  • Your own made conducting baton
  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each pupil at least.
  • Writing equipment
10. Key vocabulary: 


Conductor Baton

Conductor Podium



Conductor Baton:

Conductor Podium:

11. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 12)

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.