There are 8 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 9

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Volume Control:

Prepare for a discussion on ‘volume control’ using the picture in the third column to aid the discussion. 

2. Forte and Piano:

Learn the definition of ‘Piano’ as a rule in music, and become familiar with it’s symbol – understand that it is the opposite of ‘forte’

  • Piano (pi-yar-no) – means to play softly
  • Forte (for-tay) – means to play loudly 

Forte Definition:

Piano Definition:

Forte Symbol:

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Piano Symbol:

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3The Music:
Take note of sections of music that are quiet and those that are loud or soft:

  • Make sure you practise clapping along (or playing along) with the music in order for you to be aware of when the sections are loud and when soft.
  • Correspond the sections with events in the story. For example, the introduction is loud because the orchestra are playing instruments during a party

4. Penelope Piano and Frederick Forte Poem:

  • Become familiar with Penelope Piano and Frederick Forte poems
  • Practice reading the poems until learned off-by-heart
  • Speak in a soft/loud voice


5. Read the Story:

Read the whole storybook to recap the story – take note of what happens during sections played in piano and forte

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



6. Resources to bring to the lesson:

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each child
  • A printed copy of the forte sign and piano sign
  • A plain piece of A4 paper for each pupil
  • Writing and drawing equipment
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7. Key vocabulary: 



Forte Definition:

Piano Definition:

8. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 9)

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.