There are 8 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 11

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Leaders:

The discussion focuses on different types of leaders that the students are or should be familiar with


Headmaster, Prime Minister/President, Chief of Police, Zookeeper, Captain/Manager

2. Explain: Leader of an Orchestra:

Prepare an explanation about the necessity of a leader of an orchestra.
There are so many instruments in Offenbach’s orchestra. Each musician has a different role that changes throughout the music and so the orchestra has a leader to help keep order and interpret the work of the composer
Ask if anyone knows the name of the leader of an orchestra
3. Conductor of an Orchestra:

Learn the role and functions of the conductor of an orchestra.

He uses his body language – eyes, hands, posture and other gestures – to instruct musicians:

  • when it is their turn to play,
  • how expressively to play,
  • how loud to play,
  • how fast to play,
  • what rhythm to keep to



Conductor Baton:

Conductor Podium:


Conductor in action:

4. Practice conducting to a 3-beat rhythm

  • Make a baton – roll up a sheet of A4 paper into a thin cylinder (length ways) and stick a piece of tape to hold it
  • Recap information from preparation for lesson 3 on playing 3-beat rhythms
  • Watch the video and copy the actions – you will want to mirror the actions in the video   
  • Practice conducting fast and slow, and loud and soft (bigger movements for loud, smaller ones for soft)

Conduct a 3 Beat Rhythm:

5. Practice Conducting to the Chorus:

  • Use your ‘baton’ to practice conducting a 3 beat rhythm to the chorus (and singing the beats)
  • Make sure you can do it to the music clip!
  • Repeat until confident 

Conduct to the Chorus:

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

  • A piece of A4 paper for each pupil – plus glue or tape
  • Your own made conducting baton
  • A small step/podium
  • Percussion (untuned) instruments – one for each pupil at least
  • All previously made instruments
  • Group composition work from previous lessons
  • Writing Equipment
  • Lined paper for each pupil
7. Key vocabulary: 


Conductor Baton

Conductor Podium



Conductor Baton:

Conductor Podium:

8. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 11)

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.