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There are 7 exercises to complete during Lesson 7.

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1. Discussion: Expression & Description:
  1. Explain that when we feel angry, happy, or scared, we can express ourselves with our voices.
  2. Tell the pupils to turn to the person on their right and discuss the terms on the board – the pairs should try to connect at least one green sentence with a red one.
  3. Ask for suggestions of other situations where we may express ourselves with sound, and how we may do this.
2. Explain:

Explain that Offenbach wrote instructions to the Voyage to the Moon orchestra so that every musician would know how to express the music, and create tone to illustrate events in the story.

3. Class Exercise: Responding to situations with instruments:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Untuned instruments
  • A printed copy of the situations
1.Have the students sit in a large circle (join the circle).

2.Have the students create a slow, steady 3-beat rhythm using crotchets (louder on beat one)

3.As the students play the beat, the teacher selects students in turn, suggesting a ‘situation’ to that student, who must in turn create the appropriate response with their instrument, and also with their voice.




4. Introduce the ‘Crescendo’ sign and Crescendo Croc/Poem:


Discuss and introduce the crescendo sign.

Have the class say ‘getting gradually louder’ with you – starting quietly and getting louder.

Have individual pupils repeat this alone.

Compare the Crescendo sign to a crocodile.

Teach the class the poem – tell the class to pretend to be sneaky crocodiles as they read, creating a big snap at the end!

Repeat until confident and full of expression!

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5. Crescendo to the Chorus: Use either:

  • the Prince’s song; or,
  • The lyrics written by one of your pupils in previous lessons
  1. Ask for a volunteer to come to the front.
  2. Display the large crescendo on the board.
  3. Write the lyrics you will be using above the crescendo.
  4. Everyone is to sing to the music (starting in a quiet volume).
  5. The volunteer will pull his finger along the crescendo (starting with the smallest point), and the class must get louder as he does this. He should do this several times as he does this.
  6. Repeat exercise, using new volunteers and other lyrics.
  7. This can also be repeated using untuned instruments and singing the beats of the chorus to the music.

6. Introduce the ‘Crescendo’ in verse 2 of the music:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Untuned instruments
Hand out untuned instruments to each pupil. Play quietly to verse 2 of the music, telling the class to get gradually louder when they hear the crescendo. They will have to listen very carefully!

Display verse 2 of the music, and play the beats to the music, creating a crescendo as it occurs


7. Group Composing Exercise:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  1. 2 sheets of plain manuscript for each pair
  2. A copy of the ‘beat cheat sheet’ for each pair
  3. Untuned instruments for each pupil
  4. Pencils and rubbers for each pupil

1. Place the class in pairs.

2. Hand each pair the resources in point 2. (only one piece of manuscript needs to be filled; the other can be used as a draft).

3. Pairs are to write their own three-beat rhythm, using as many different beat-values as possible. They are to practice playing these together with instruments and then perform to the class.



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