There are 7 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 7

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Similarities and Differences Between Family Members:

The discussion this week focuses on comparisons between members of the same family – appearance, voices, personality etc.

2. Prepare an explanation about musical elements of sound:

Explain that instruments in the same family can be very similar or very different in all their attributes – look, sound, how held, how played.

1) pitch – how ‘low’ or ‘high’ a sound is,

2) duration – how ‘long’ or ‘short’ a sound is,

3) loudness – how ‘loud’ or ‘soft’ a sound is,

4) timbre – the quality or distinctiveness of different sounds – sometimes sounds can sound the same initially, but duration, loudness and pitch can help you hear the difference

3. Recap Instrument Timbres:

– Timbre is the distinctive sound of an instrument.

– Each of the instruments have been recorded playing the introduction from Voyage to the Moon

– Listen to each of the recordings to hear the distinctive differences between each instrument and take note of their qualities/tone

This lesson focuses on the violin versus the cello- become familiar with the differences in sound

Listen to the whole piece of music to recap and note when you can hear each instrument


The Violin – String Family:

The Cello – String Family:

The French horn – Brass Family:

The Oboe – Woodwind Family:

The Flute – Woodwind Family:

Whole piece of music

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4. The Cello – sound & appearance:

Become familiar with features of the Cello in comparison to the violin.

Become familiar with how the Cello is held, and how it sounds.

Listen to the different clips of the Cello from the Voyage to the Moon music

Take note of the tone of verse 3 of the music

This lesson focuses on the violin versus the cello; 

1. Size: the violin is much smaller than the cello
2. Placement: the cello has a very long pin that rests against the floor; the violin has a chin rest that rests under your chin
3. Pitch: the cello has a low pitch; the violin has a high pitch

The Violin and Cello are from the ‘String’ Family

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Cello Definition:

Cello playing the introduction tune:

Violin playing the introduction tune:

Third verse of music:

Chorus Music Only – Cello plays HARMONY in background:

Video of cellos and violins playing:


5. 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
  • A printed copy of ‘group instruction sheets’ for each group
  • A printed copy of the group self-observation sheet – one for each group
  • A printed copy of the observation of groups sheet – one for each group
  • A printed copy of the teacher evaluation form
  • Printed copies of the unlabelled violin and cello (A4 or A3 preferably) – at least one between 2
  • String and metal hangers (health and safety – optional)
  • Group composition work from previous lessons
  • Writing Equipment
  • Lined paper for each pupil



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6. Key vocabulary: 

String Family



The Violin and Cello are from the ‘String’ Family

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Cello Definition:

7. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 7)

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.

Theassessment & homework’ tasks for this lesson

The ‘background information’ tab, where teacher can find further information about the lesson, the story, and the music.