There are 13 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 7

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Sets of 3:

Prepare for a discussion on ‘sets of 3’

For the explanation – brush up on your 3 times tables.

– Prepare patterns with instruments: Watch the video on how to create a rhythm and practice creating different rhythms with instruments


2. Rhythm Definition:

  • Rhythm is a repeated pattern of beats throughout the music
  • Following a rhythm helps musicians to keep in time and understand how to play written music


3. Introducing Written Music – music notes:

Become familiar with the idea that music is written on manuscript paper

Listen to the recordings – the French horn would ‘see’ the picture in column 3, and play the second recording.

The first recording shows how it would be sung by a singer

Chorus with Vocals:

Chorus Music Only:

This is what a French horn player would see to know how to play the chorus/’the Prince’s Song’ 

Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 09.59.02

This – Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.04.35 – is a music note. The music notes are written on music paper.

This – Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.11.34 – is a rest. This means do not play

4. Introducing Written Music – beats, rhythm and time signature:

  • Rhythm is a repeated pattern of beats throughout the music (also known as the time signature of the piece)
  • Beats are like syllables – a 1 beat music note is like a 1 syllable word e.g. ‘the’, ‘and’, ‘but’
  • Music notes and beats are written into ‘bars’ – bars are similar to sentences of a poem – you have a certain amount of beats in a bar as you have a certain amount of syllables in a line of a poem. Barlines separate each bar
  • Voyage to the Moon has a ‘3 beat rhythm’ – this means that there are 3 beats in each bar, and you can count to 3 repeatedly throughout the music

3 Beats:


Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 09.59.02

5. Playing a 3 beat rhythm

  • This – Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.04.35 – is a music note called a ‘crotchet’ – it has a value of ‘1’ beat. The picture in the right hand column shows 2 bars of music, with a time signature of 3 – the video shows how you would play bars of 3 beats 
  • Practice pointing at the beats on the music paper, starting with the note on the far right of the page, counting the number of beats – always count louder on beat 1
  • Practice playing a 3 beat rhythm without the music, either by clapping or with an instrument – always count louder on beat 1
  • Practice clapping along with verse 2 and the chorus video
  • Practice singing the beats to the tune, especially with the chorus
  • Repeat until confident 


A 3 Beat Rhythm:

Clapping to Verse 2 + Chorus 2:

6Different rhythms: Introduction of Voyage to the Moon:

  • The first part of the introduction of ‘Voyage to the Moon’ switches between a ‘2-beat’ and ‘3-beat’ rhythm (the rest of the piece is only 3)
  • Practice clapping/playing and counting along with the beats of the whole introduction
  • Practice singing the beats to the tune
  • Repeat until confident 
Clapping the beats to the Voyage to the Moon Introduction:

Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.58.26

7Practice: Intro-end of 2nd chorus:

  • Practice playing/clapping, saying/singing the numbers of the beats from the beginning of the music until the end of the 2nd verse
  • Keep to the correct ‘loudness’/volume of the music
  • Make sure you can sing and play the chorus beats off-by-heart, with and without the music
Intro up until the pause:

 note that the 3rd bar of each line, the time signature changes to 2/4 – 4 quick beats. These notes are half beats called quavers.

8. Read the Story:

Read the whole storybook to recap the story.

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



9. ‘The Beat Beanies’ Poem:

  • Become familiar with the Beat Beanies – Betty, Bobby and Baz – they each represent a music note with a value of ‘1 beat’
  • Practice reading the poem until learned off-by-heart
  • Speak in a slow, mellow voice


The Beat Beanies - Titled


10. Draw on music paper:

Practice drawing music notes and ‘pause’ sign on music paper – this paper has a 3-beat rhythm – maximum 3 crotchets per bar

11. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • A printed copy of plain music paper for the teacher to practice writing music on
  • A printed copy of plain music paper for each member of the class (cut up lines, 4 on a page).
  • Writing equipment
12. Key vocabulary: 

3 Beats


3 Beats:


13. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 7)

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.