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There are 11 exercises to complete during Lesson 2.

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Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

1. Riddle: What are we learning about today?: Tell the class to work out the riddle on the board. They can work in pairs or 3’s.

Answer 1: ‘or’

Answer 2: ‘chest’

Answer 3: ‘r’ ‘a’ (alphabet numbers)


2. Discussion: Elements of Teamwork:

Connect words in the right column to the left column with a line. You can invite students to the board to connect the terms.

Use questioning to make this activity fun!

Homework examples can also be discussed here.

Share-Goals, Give-Support, Different – Roles/Positions, Follow-Rules, Work-Together, Led by-A Leader/Captain, Get better through-Practice

3. Explain:  Explain that an orchestra is a large group of musicians and they need to use teamwork skills in the same way other teams do. Each group of instruments has it’s own role, sometimes performing alone and other times supporting the rest of the ‘team’ with their music.  Slide07
4. Aims of the Class:

Display the aims of the lesson and ask for a volunteer to read from the board 

5. Team Composing Activity:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  1. Untuned instruments (drums, bells, etc.)
  2. Writing equipment
  3. A printed copy of the team form for each group
  4. A printed copy of the observation form for each group
  5. A printed copy of the evaluation sheet (1 for each group) for teacher to fill in:


1. Hand out stories to the teams from the previous week.

2.Ensure everyone switches roles within their teams

3.During performance, other groups have to close their eyes and work out which instruments were playing – write answers on group activity sheet

4.Team with most correct gets ‘best listeners’ etc.

Slide04team composing formTeam Observation
6. Class Exercise: Who’s Who?:

 1. Discuss and explain ‘timbre’ – what makes instruments different from each other?
2. Play the Who’s Who game – the teacher or another student should ‘tap’ (point 3)

7. Introduce the Orchestra:

1.Explain that this is the orchestra and that musicians who play the same instruments sit together

2.Offenbach liked to write for more than one instrument as it meant he could use all their different sounds to make more ambitious pieces of music

3.We are going to discover the different groups of players of Offenbach’s orchestra for Voyage to the Moon.

8. Explain: Offenbach-Orchestra


Recap name of composer learned last lesson (Jacques Offenbach)

Introduce the connection between Offenbach and the orchestra, why orchestra was important to him both personally and to his work.

Explain: we are going to listen to the music and decide how many instruments Offenbach decided to use for each part – 1, more than 1 or the whole orchestra and why we think he did this to tell parts of his story.

9. Introduce the Instrument Families:

1.Read the timbre riddles for the class to discuss/answer

2. Play a clip of an instrument from each family as you discuss

3.Introduce the 3 instrument families (all but percussion). Ask what similarity they can SEE between same family instruments.

4. Test on which ‘family’ each sound file belongs toSlide5




10. Independent Exercise: What Families Can You Hear?:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Small piece of lined paper for each pupil
Independent Exercise: Explain that you will now listen to different clips from Voyage to the Moon.

Hand each student a piece of paper and a pen.

They are to try to work out which family or families are playing each clip In between playing a section, quickly refresh by playing instrument solos again

Verse 2 = String/violin

Chorus = Brass/French Horn

Finale = Woodwind/Brass


 VERSE 2: 




11. Independent Composing Exercise

Resources to bring for this activity:

  1. Composition worksheets from the previous lesson
  2. Writing equipment
  3. Lined paper for pupils to write ideas and stories on
  4. Untuned instruments for students to explore

1. Hand each pupil their work from last week   + lined paper

2. Play the introduction music of Voyage to the Moon (stop before the chorus

3. Students will need to decide what their opening scene will be – it must match the tone/mood of the introduction music. They will use the untuned instruments to describe their opening scenes and so have to choose which ones to use and how. Log ideas

3. Each sentence (minimum 8) must describe what is happening, and require 1 or more instruments to be played

4. Collect in work (will need to bring work for future lessons)


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