Lesson Content


There are 11 exercises to complete during Lesson 1

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1. Discussion: Music in Your World:

Suggested resources for this activity:

– Small pieces of plain paper

– Writing Equipment

– A hat or bowl

Invite a discussion about different music that is listened to at home, known from TV shows, etc.

Example Activity:

Put pupils in pairs

Hand each pair paper and pens and tell each pair to write down a song they like to listen to, and put in a hat

Pick songs 1 at a time out of a hat

Ask who knows it, and have them sing a verse or chorus

Teacher ask what the lyrics were about and what they thought of the tune (fast, slow, happy, sad etc.)

Repeat a couple of times 

2. Explain: Explain that the music that plays in the background of these songs and the story in the lyrics helps to create a story and that’s why people like music.
3. Group Activity: Instrument Stories:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  1. Untuned instruments (drums, bells, etc.)
  2. A printed story sentence for each pair
  3. Paper and pens for teachers to write notes or scores


Explain: Now we are going to do a group activity to discover how instruments can be used to tell a story.

1.Display the group activity sheet to the class and read through the task list

2.Once separated, hand each team a ‘story sentence’ 

3.Direct the pairs to sit in separate areas around the classroom, preferably as far away from the other pairs as possible

4.Go around the class to check the progress – give a couple of minutes to practice

5.Have each group perform to the class one-by-one

6.Each time a pair performs, present 2 sentences to the rest of the class who have to guess which one it was (one hand in the air for option one, two hands for option two) – you can keep a record of which pair answered correctly

7.After the performance, have the class sit back in original places



4. Introduce the Class Exercise: Music Comprehension:

Explain that we are going to listen to a fun piece of music that was written to tell a story. Our job is to figure out the storyline that is being told. But there are no words so we have to instead listen to the mood of the music that the instruments are creating

Explain the process of the class exercise e.g. first we will, next we will etc.

5. Class Exercise Part 1: Read the Story Options:

2. Introduce the story options

3. Select students to read the options on the board out loud

6. Class Exercise Part 2: Discuss the Tone of the Text

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Untuned instruments for each pupil


1. Hand out untuned/percussion instruments – 1 to each pupil

2. Ask for individuals to demonstrate playing their instrument in a way that matches the tone of the sentence. Prompt with suggestions e.g. would a policeman be running loudly, or quietly etc. – suggests what the music will sound like

3. Each time someone suggests a way to play instruments to the scene, have the rest of the class copy the action

7. Class Exercise Part 3: Listen to the Music:

1.Remind class that as they listen to the music, they must decide if the mood/tone of the music sounds grand, haunted or chaotic

2.Play the music

3.Discuss thoughts about which story the class thinks the composer is telling – you can always play the clip again for prompting


8. Introduce the Music: 1.Display the answer page from the exercise

2.Play the music

3.Explain that this is the beginning of a piece of music written over 200 years ago by a man named Jacques Offenbach



9. Introduce Voyage to the Moon: Explain that Voyage to the Moon is the name of the piece of music Offenbach wrote. Introduce Prince Caprice as the main character.

Explain that the story begins with Prince Caprice returning home from travelling so he can ask his father for permission to voyage to the moon. He has no idea what his father has set up inside the palace.



10. Independent Exercise: What Can You Hear?:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  1. Writing equipment
  2. A printed copy of the observation sheet for each pupil:


1.Hand out an observation sheet and pen to each child

2.Explain:   We will now listen to the music and hear narration telling us the story that the music is describing . As we listen we need to pay attention to both the story and the mood of the music and see if they are similar

3.The music will be played twice – listen and read along during the first time and circle the answers on the observation sheet the second time

4.Play the music and story, displaying the relevant story pages to the class

5.Discuss Answers

6. Collect the completed observation sheets



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11. The Prince’s Song:

Resources to bring for this activity:

Untuned Instruments

1. Hand out untuned instruments to each pupil

2. Display the chorus lyrics

3. Explain the purpose of the Prince’s Song

4. Read the words out loud with the class, playing a beat on instruments for each syllable spoken

  • Sing the song to the music, playing instruments softly for each syllable sung
  • Repeat until confident


12. Group Composing Exercise:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  1. A printed copy of the letter from King Vlan for each group
  2. Writing equipment
  3. Lined paper for pupils to write drafts and ideas on

1. Place pupils in groups of 3. Hand each group the letter from King Vlan, pens and lined paper

2. Read through the letter with the class and explain the tasks

3. Play the Voyage to the Moon music or other classical music as the groups begin their work

4. Collect in work (will need to bring work for future lessons)slide25




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