Preparation

There are 8 suggested activities below for the teacher to complete in order to prepare for teaching  ‘lesson content’ for lesson 4

Instructions: Music Clips: Pictures/videos:
1. Discussion: Structure of the Chorus of a Song:


The discussion this week focuses on the chorus of a song of any genre. The aim is for the pupils to understand the importance of the chorus within the song.

Pupils will have researched and brought in songs from homework – they will then get to discuss these with the class.

Answers to the discussion sheet (column 3):

Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Chorus, Verse

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2. Prepare an explanation about a ‘chorus’ of a song:

A chorus to a song is most often the first tune a composer writes for his music.

The chorus is the part that links all of the different verses together.

It’s got to be easy to remember, it’s got to be catchy and not over-complicated. It’s the part that’s repeated again and again and if it’s good, people don’t get bored of it.

A chorus can really make or break a song. 

3. Voyage to the Moon Chorus:

Understand key elements of the Voyage to the Moon chorus:

– The tone is mellow and calm

– It connects each verse of the music

– The melody is simple and easy to remember

– The melody is played by the French horn, the harmony is played by the Cello

The reason people loved Offenbach’s music is because whether it was a fast song or a slow song, he always wrote a chorus that people remembered and he used the appropriate instruments that suited the theme 

 

Chorus with Vocals:

Chorus Music Only:

Harmony line (Cello):

Melody line (French horn):

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4. The French horn – sound & appearance:

Become familiar with features of the French horn.

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

Listen to the different clips of the French horn from the Voyage to the Moon music

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The French Horn is from the ‘Brass’ Family

Freddy the French Horn

French Horn Definition:

French Horn playing the introduction tune:

Final Verse of Music – FRENCH HORN PLAYS FIRST THEN FLUTE:

Whole orchestra playing the introduction tune:

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5. Take note of the sound feature of the French horn in the chorus:

Answers:

FH tone = relaxed + dreamy, duration = long notes + smooth notes, pitch = medium-high, tempo = slow, timbre = mellow + honky

French horn playing the chorus:

5. Practice singing the Beats to the Chorus Melody:

  • Practice playing/clapping, saying/singing the numbers of the beats from the beginning of the music until the end of the 2nd verse
  • Keep to the correct ‘loudness’/volume of the music
  • Make sure you can sing and play the chorus beats off-by-heart, with and without the music
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Clapping to Verse 2 + Chorus 2:

6. Prepare an explanation about the history of the horn:

The French horn has an amazing history. It evolved from the ‘shofar’, or the horn of a ram. In biblical times, the shofar was used as a musical horn. Fast-forward 5000 years, we now make horns out of metal, just like the French horn.

6. 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
  • 6 printed copies of the ‘team instruction sheet’
  • 6 printed copies of the ‘teacher evaluation form’
  • A printed copy of the unlabelled French horn for each pupil (A5)
  • A printed copy of the Chorus Melody for each pupil
  • Independent composition work from previous lessons
  • Writing Equipment
  • Lined paper for each pupil

 

 

Team Instruction SheetTeacher Evaluation Sheet

Unlabelled French hornChorus Melody

7. Key vocabulary: 

 

Brass Family

French horn

 

he French Horn is from the ‘Brass’ Family

Freddy the French Horn

French Horn Definition:

8. Run through:

The lesson aims & objectives (found when you first click on Lesson 4)

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.