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There are 10 exercises to complete during Lesson 2.

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1. Discussion: Elements of Teamwork: Un-jumble the letters

Homework should be used in this discussion

Have the class work in pairs to un-jumble the purple words on the board

Word one: similar

Word two: work together

Then invite a discussion about different familiar teams and elements of teamwork

2. Explain:  Explain that an orchestra is a large group of musicians and they need to use teamwork skills in the same way other teams do. Each group of instruments has it’s own role, sometimes performing alone and other times supporting the rest of the ‘team’ with their music. Their aim is to tell a story through the way they play their music  Slide07
3. Group Activity: Instrument Stories:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Writing material
  • Untuned instruments
  • Lined paper for each group
1. Place the class in pairs and hand them paper and pens

2. Tell the pairs to write a sentence that can be described using musical instruments

3. Have the groups perform to the class, by reading and playing their instruments

4. Class Exercise: Who’s Who?:

 1. Discuss and explain ‘timbre’ – what makes instruments different from each other?
2. Play the Who’s Who game – the teacher or another student should ‘tap’ (point 3)

5. Introduce the Orchestra:

1.Explain that this is the orchestra and that musicians who play the same instruments sit together

2.Offenbach liked to write for more than one instrument as it meant he could use all their different sounds to make more ambitious pieces of music

3.We are going to discover the different groups of players of Offenbach’s orchestra for Voyage to the Moon.

6. Explain: Offenbach-Orchestra


Recap name of composer learned last lesson (Jacques Offenbach)

Introduce the connection between Offenbach and the orchestra, why orchestra was important to him both personally and to his work.

Explain: we are going to listen to the music and decide how many instruments Offenbach decided to use for each part – 1, more than 1 or the whole orchestra and why we think he did this to tell parts of his story.

7. Introduce the Instrument Families:

1.Read the timbre riddles for the class to discuss/answer (on the ‘slideshow’, each riddle is presented one-by-one with the picture).

2. Play a clip of an instrument from each family as you discuss.

3.Introduce the 3 instrument families (all but percussion). Ask what similarity they can SEE between same family instruments.

4. Test on which ‘family’ each sound file belongs to.Slide5


8. Independent Exercise: What Families Can You Hear?:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Printed copy of the observation sheet for each pupil
Explain that you will now listen to the introduction music of Voyage to the Moon that you heard last week with the story.

This time you will only hear the music.




 Introduction for verse 1 – orchestra: 

Verse 1 part 2: Woodwind then strings

Verse 1 part 3: Just strings


9. Group Composing Exercise:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  1. Responses to King Vlan from the previous lesson
  2. Writing equipment
  3. Lined paper for pupils to write ideas and stories on
  4. Untuned instruments for students to explore

1. Hand each group their work from last week   + lined paper

2. Read the instructions with the class

3. Groups will need to decide what their opening scene will be They will use the untuned instruments to describe their opening scenes and so have to choose which ones to use and how. Log ideas

3. Each sentence (minimum 8) must describe what is happening, and require 1 or more instruments to be played

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


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