Preparation for Lesson 1

There are 10 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 1

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Can Music Tell a Story?:


Prepare questions to prompt the students – what kind of music they listen to, the different genres of music that could tell a story, e.g. musical theatre, pop songs, etc.  (see questioning in the assessment tab).

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2. Discussion: Planning a Story:

Prepare for a discussion about elements of planning a story.


Prepare questions to prompt the students based on English classes – what ideas do we think about when we plan to write a story.

– Understand that a composer also thinks about these elements when telling a story through music without lyrics (see the ‘background information’ for this lesson)

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3. Group Activity:


– The first group activity for year 4 requires students to form groups of 3. The teacher can allow students to form their own group, or use this as an opportunity to mix students with different skills/abilities, and separate the class into groups prior to the lesson

4. Listen to the Music with the Narration:

Listen to the narrated version of the music to become familiar with the story. Take note of:
Any characters
Any mention of musical concepts
– The tone of each section/verse of the musicThe second recording is the music without the narration (for comparison)

 

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5. Offenbach and Prince Caprice:

Become familiar with similar characteristics between Offenbach and Prince Caprice to understand how themes in our lives inspire us in writing

– Read the ‘background information’ for this lesson for information on similarities between these characters

– Note down examples of things that inspire you – this will help during inspiration discussion in the lesson

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6. Become familiar with the structure of the Voyage to the Moon story
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7. Listen to the introduction of the music.
Take note of the tone of the whole verse/chorus, understanding how it correlates to events within the story:

  • At the start, the music is ‘grand’, or ‘proud’, correlating to the royal party, and the ‘proud’ king waiting to hand his throne to his son
  • The music pauses as the orchestra spots the prince arriving – this adds tension to the section
  • After the pause, the musicians start playing quiet, timid music, reflecting the mood of the prince and that of the anxious party guests

Introduction & 1st chorus/Prince’s Song

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8. Resources to bring to the lesson: (Resources to download and print are in the third column, in the order that you see below)

  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each pupil at least
  • Printed copies of the ‘story scenes’ – there are 4 on the first page (to cut up), and 1 on the second – you will need to hand out at least 10
  • 10 printed copies of the ‘teacher evaluation form’
  • A printed copy of the ‘observation sheet’ for each pupil
  • A printed copy of the ‘composition worksheet 1’ for each group
  • Writing Equipment
  • Lined paper for each pupil
   

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9. Key vocabulary: 

Anticipation: To expect, or to look forward to

(plus key music vocabulary in the next column)

Character names (royal family):

Composer:

Jacques Offenbach:

Voyage to the Moon:

10. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 1)

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.