There are 10 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: Leadership:

Prepare for a discussion on ‘leadership’ and familiar types of leaders

  • Prepare questions to prompt the children to share information about who is a leader? (Example answer ‘a teacher’ ‘a king’ etc.).  
  • You may wish to prompt answers by asking certain questions e.g. who leads our country? Who is the head of the classroom? Etc. 
2. Definition: Learn the definition and role the ‘conductor’ of the orchestra:

  • Definition: he leads the orchestra  
  • He uses his body to lead the instruments – does not talk to them.  
  • Holds a baton in his hand in order to instruct the musicians.   



Conductor Baton:

Conductor Podium:

3. Watch the video of how a conductor conducts

Oboe playing the introduction tune:

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 Circle Time 10 Preparation on playing 3-beat rhythms
  • Watch the video and copy the actions – you will want to mirror the actions in the video   

Oboe playing the introduction tune:

Flute playing the introduction tune:

Final chorus and verse:

Conduct a 3 Beat Rhythm:

5. Conduct to the chorus/’the Prince’s Song’

  • 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. Commodore Conductor:

Become familiar with Commodore Conductor:

Learn his poem off-by-heart and create actions to go with it (you may wish to bring a stool or podium to stand on in class)

Commodore Conductor is my name,
Leading others to keep in time’s my game,
I hold my baton way up high,
And count to as my arms fly.
I start up high for all to see,
To make the shape I’m counting 1 – 2 – 3!

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7. Read the Story:

Read the whole storybook to recap the story and all the different instruments, symbols and characters discovered so far

Play the sound file in the next column to become familiar with how our narrated story matches the tone of the music 



Pages for this lesson: 27-29

Page 32Page 34

Page 36

8. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • Printed copy of the forte and piano sign
  • A4 piece of paper for each group
  • crayons/colouring pencils
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9. Key vocabulary: 


Conductor Baton

Conductor Podium


Conductor Baton:

Conductor Podium:

10. 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.