Background Information

Voyage to the Moon is a beautiful piece of music, accompanied with a really special story that follows Prince Caprice who is desperately bored of palace life, as he wishes to travel to the moon to find his princess. In this lesson the children will be introduced to the Prince and his narrated story, which is set to the music. The lesson will have the children explore the Prince’s journey and through this they will be introduced to the basic musical concepts within.

Index for the table:

1. Discussions

2. Structure of the Music

3. Key Musical Terms

4. Prince Caprice

5. Responding to Music

6. The Prince’s Song

7. Teaching Tips for Skill Development

1. Discussions:

 Discussions allow the children the freedom to express themselves, show preference and share prior knowledge with confidence. It is a great opportunity for children to develop their speaking skills and grow familiar with concepts before exploring them in practical activities. Each child should be encouraged to participate in the discussion.

 2. Structure of the Music:

‘Voyage to the Moon’ has many different sections. These sections are called ‘verses’ and are similar to ‘chapters’ found in books. Each verse has it’s own characteristics that help to tell a story – a verse can be fast or slow, have a happy or sad mood, etc.
For topic 1, become familiar with the whole piece of music and the ‘feeling’ of each verse. Imagine how the children can dance to the verses, and how the music reflects occurrences within the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ story.

3. Key Musical Terms:

The Orchestra, musicians and instruments:

 An orchestra is a large group of musicians. These musicians play many different instruments. Musicians sit in groups with others who play the same instrument. The many different instruments all belong to different families that you will learn about over the term e.g. the Violin and Cello belong to the ‘Strings’ family, the Flute and Oboe belong to the ‘Woodwind’ family and the French Horn belongs to the ‘Brass’ family.
In explaining to the class:
  • There are many different musical instruments that create their own beautiful musical sounds.
  • Instruments cannot play music by themselves and need a person to play them. That person is called a musician.
  • Lots of musicians come together and play wonderful music as a group – This is called an Orchestra.

4. Prince Caprice

(main character)

Prince Caprice is the main character from the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ story. He is an inspiring character for children as he follows his dreams, employs his imagination, and seeks to achieve the impossible.
Many discussion topics that are relevant to this age group can evolve around the prince’s character. For example, royalty, going on a new mode of transport, relationships with friends and family, etc.

5. Responding to Music:

Responding to the music is an important element of this lesson:
  • Acting to the Music: After reading the story, the whole piece of music will be played to the class. As this happens, the pupils will be acting out events from the story, keeping to the ‘tone’ and ‘tempo’ (speed) of the music, and discussing elements of the music i.e. how elements of the music contributed to ‘tone’. This will help pupils to develop an ‘ear’ for music (aural training)
  • Playing Instruments to Music: Pupils will explore untuned instruments and how to play these appropriately. They will do so by listening for the ‘tone’ of the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music, and matching this with how they play their instruments. This teaches control and theory through imaginative play. This helps to develop aural training skills.
  • Connecting Story Events with the Music: The pupils will complete activities to connect story events to the music that will build their aural training and familiarity with the music.

6. The Prince’s Song:

The Prince’s Song:
The chorus tune from the music is a song that is sung by the prince. The words relate to his dream of flying to the moon and are easy for the children to learn. The song helps the children make a connection to the prince.
The video in the Overview and Preparation section demonstrates the words and actions that can be taught to the class. The actions will help to improve memory and co-ordination.

7. Teaching Tips for Skill Development:

 Skill development for communication & listening skills

Come prepared with questions for all discussions – you can use our questioning sheets in the Assessment section for each lesson. These types of questions are designed to help the pupils build verbal confidence, or prompt performance-based responses.
Learning as a group can inspire confidence and demonstrate individual development, especially when the exercise is repeated. Learning through song and actions help the children to concentrate and tests them on their listening and communication skills.