There are 13 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 2

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Welcome Song:
Practice your welcome.  

  • You may use a ‘welcome’ song that you are familiar with; or,  
  • You can choose to say ‘good morning’ to each child individually; or,  
  • You may use our ‘welcome’ song (listen to music and view lyrics picture)

Welcome to Class: Music & Vocals:

Welcome to Class: Music Only:

2. Discussion: Teamwork/Individual Play 

Prepare for a discussion about teamwork 

Prepare questions to prompt the children to share information about different teams and concepts such as sharing goals, support etc.

(see questioning in the ‘Assessment’ tab for Lesson 2)

3. Prepare an explanation connecting ‘orchestra’, ‘instruments’ and ‘teamwork’:

Explain that when Jacques Offenbach was writing Prince Caprice’s story, he wanted the instruments in the orchestra and all the other parts of the music, to work together in a team so they could help Prince Caprice get to the Moon.

They do this with their music and by being the Prince’s friends.

 Definitions of an Orchestra:

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4. Storybook:
Read the whole storybook to become familiar with the story (pages 6-7 for this lesson)

Click here to go to the storybook

  • While you read the story, listen to the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music, which you can find in the storybook tab to become familiar with it
  • Take note of key characters, musical concepts and events within the story. 
  • In column 2 you can find our narrated story (used for KS1 and KS2)
Relevant story pages for this lesson:  6-7

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5. Orchestra, Violin & Pitch:
Become familiar with the orchestra, the violin, and the notion of ‘pitch’.

  • Watch video of an orchestra playing music.  
  • Watch the video of a violinist playing a violin (both with a bow and plucking with fingers). 
  • Listen to the introduction of ‘Voyage to the Moon’ being played by the whole orchestra, and then by the violin only  
  • Become familiar with the notion of pitch – listen to the third verse of the music – the cellos play low-pitch music at the beginning (with the violins playing high in the background) and then the pitch becomes higher as the oboe takes over

Violin playing the introduction tune:


Whole orchestra playing the introduction tune:

Definition of Pitch:


Third verse of music:

Video of an Orchestra:

Video of violins playing (being plucked) from 0:30: 

Video of a violin playing (with a bow):

6. Holding the Violin:

Practice the movements to hold and play the violin with a bow, either with a real violin or pretending with hand actions (you can use ‘bells’ as a bow)
  • Practice with and without the music (verse 2 of Voyage to the moon – only the violins are playing)
  • When practicing with the music, match the speed/tempo of the tune of the violin


7. Violet the Violin Poem + Actions:

Practice the words and actions for Violet the Violin’s poem until fluent + off-by-heart



8. Verse 2 of the Music:

  • Take note of the features of the violins music: the tone is excited; this excited tone is created by jumpy notes, high pitch, fast tempo (speed) and a bright timbre (distinctive sound).
  • Practice narrating that the music is quick and exciting because Violet the Violin has agreed to go with the prince to the moon and they are running around packing – you will need to do this in class, and can use the storybook page 4 to illustrate this.
  • Instruments! Practice playing instruments to match the tempo (speed) of the violin – hold your instrument high in the air as the violin has a high pitch

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9. Sing the Prince’s song with the actions repeatedly until learned off by heart.
– Read the words
– Listen to the tune
– Watch the video
Can you see? Up in space,
Twinkling stars are all over the place.Moonlight beams, down on me,
I will find a princess there – you’ll see.

Music + Vocals:

Music Only:

Video of the song with actions:

10. Music + Narration

  • Listen to the narrated version of the music repeatedly so you are familiar with it – take note of the tone of each section
  • Create your own narrated version of the story and practice narrating it to the music (especially to the chorus)
  • This is for the ‘imagination time’ activity in the active lesson where the children will move to the tone of the music

Whole piece of music:

Narrated music:

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11. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • Plain A4 paper for each pupil
  • Crayons and other drawing material
12. Become familiar with key vocabulary: 

Definitions of an Orchestra:

Definition of Pitch:


13. 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.