Preparation

There are 10 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 6.

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Expression:

Prepare for a discussion on ‘expression’


– Prepare questions; to prompt the class about how to express feelings and emotions; to invite a discussion about situations when these emotions may arise

2. The ‘Brass Family’: French horn:
Become familiar with the different instruments that play the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music, and the ‘families’ they belong to, especially the ‘Brass Family’

  • String Family – Violin, Cello  
  • Brass – French Horn  
  • Woodwind – Oboe, Flute

Note similarities and differences between instruments from the String and Brass families

1. Buttons to push and a mouthpiece, versus strings to pluck/bow
2. Made of brass/metal, versus made of wood
3. A mellow tone/timbre, versus a shrill tone/timbre (timbre is the distinctive sound)

The Violin and Cello are from the ‘String’ Family

 violin violetcedric cello

The French Horn is from the ‘Brass’ Family

Freddy the French Horn

The Oboe and Flute are from the ‘Woodwind’ Family

Olive the Oboe Flora Flute

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3. Read the Story:

Read the whole storybook to become familiar with the story. Take note of:


– Any characters – for this lesson: Cedric Cello, Violet the Violin, Prince Caprice, Freddy the French horn, Princess Fantasia

– Emotions or moods of the characters and the events that trigger these in the story

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

 

 

Relevant story pages for this lesson: 13-17 although not used in the lesson!:

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4. ‘Freddy the French Horn’ Poem:

  • Practice reading the poem until learned off-by-heart
  • Speak in a slow, mellow voice
  • Practice the actions of the poem.

 

 
5. Sound of the French horn:

Become familiar with the differences in sound between the instruments:

  • Listen to the introduction of ‘Voyage to the Moon’ being played by the whole orchestra, then by the French horn only and then by the violin only – note the difference in timbre (distinctive sound)
  • Listen to the final verse of music – the tune is being played by the French horn (and then the flute) – take note of the tone of the music
  • The French horn also plays the chorus of ‘Voyage to the Moon (or the Prince’s Song). Practice singing the song in a ‘calm’ voice
  • Watch the video of a French horn being played 

French Horn Definition:

French Horn playing the introduction tune:

Final Verse of Music – FRENCH HORN PLAYS FIRST THEN FLUTE:

Violin playing the introduction tune:

Whole orchestra playing the introduction tune:

Chorus/Prince’s song – played by the French horn:

 

6. Imitate the Timbre of the French horn:

Practice creating the timbre of the French horn with your hands and mouth.

Timbre simply means the distinctive sound of an instrument, similar to how each person has their own distinctive voice.

Practice making LONG notes (hold the note for as long as possible) and lots of SHORT notes.

7. Holding the French horn

Practice the movements to hold and play the French horn (you may cut out a picture of Freddy and stick it on card)
  • Practice with and without the music (chorus and beginning of final verse of ‘Voyage to the Moon’) – where the French horn has a solo
  • When practicing with the music, match the speed/tempo of the music

Final Verse of the Music:


Whole Piece of Music:

 

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8. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • A printed copy of the instrument activity sheet for each pupil
  • A printed copy of the French horn description page (1 between 2)
  • 4 big printed copies of the blank boxes sheet
  • A printed copy of the teacher observation sheet
  • Print 4 copies of the key words sheet – for each sheet, cut up the words and fold papers in half. You will also need 4 bowls or hats to put these in (for Charade activity)
  • A stopwatch
  • Pens and other writing equipment
  • Red, yellow and green colours (1 set between 2 pupils).
  • Colouring pencils etc.

 

9. Key vocabulary: 

French horn

Brass Family

French Horn:

Brass Family:

10. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 6)

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.