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There are 6 exercises to complete during Lesson 6.

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Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

1. Solve the Anagram Tell the class to work in pairs to un-jumble the letters on the board slide1
2. Discussion: Expression & Description: 1.Discuss different ways of expressing yourself in situations on the board

2.Expression and description in language – ! ? “” adjectives etc.

3.Discuss changes musicians (horn players and violinists) may make when playing their instruments if they wanted to change from calm to angry etc.,  : loudness, pitch, duration, more than one instrument or timbre



3. Explain:

Explain that Offenbach wrote instructions to the Voyage to the Moon orchestra so that every musician would know how to make changes in their music when they wanted to express something or describe a situation.

4. 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). Hand each student the violins they created in the previous lesson.

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. Give students 2 minutes to come up with their own situation. Start the rhythm again. Go around the circle and have students say their situation, naming another pupil who will perform the response



5. Introduce the ‘Crescendo’ sign and play verse 2:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Untuned instruments

Explain that this is a music instruction that composers write on their music to tell musicians to do something differently as they play. This is what the violinists would have seen on their music sheets at the end of the second verse.

Recap the values of beats using instruments

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


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6. Group Composing Exercise:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  1. Group Composition work from all lessons
  2. Lined paper
  3. Writing Equipment
  4. Verse 2 narration (print, cut up and give one to each child)
  5. Verse 2 manuscript for each group.

1.Groups are to go through their work so far, editing to include expression and description

2. They are then to create the next part of their story (to fit the music of verse 2 in tone etc.)

3.Give them the narration from verse 2 and tell them they have to make v2 of their story the same length – it must finish with an exciting event that the crescendo will help to demonstrate


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