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There are 14 exercises to complete during Lesson 6.

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1. Discussion: Expression & Description: 1.Discuss different ways of expressing yourself in situations on the board: these are change situations e.g. when you are sleeping, then wake up with a fright

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.,  a) b) c) – answers are things discussed last week: loudness, pitch, duration, more than one instrument or timbre



2. 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.

3. Aims of the Class:

Have someone read the aims of the lesson out loud

4. Class Exercise: Responding to situations with instruments:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Violins created by students in the previous lesson
  • Untuned instruments if you wish to use these instead
  • 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.Display manuscript on the board and have everyone play and count the beats quietly

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.

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5. Team Composing Activity:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Untuned Instruments
  • Lined paper
  • Writing Equipment
  • Teacher will need a printed copy of the results table
1. Place students in their teams
2. Tell the teams to read the instructions on the board and complete the tasks
3. Performance: each team reads out all their situations after selecting one student from each of the other teams to perform. They will need to provide performers with any instruments that will be used
4. Teacher evaluate and give points on the table: Put team names on row 1Points for how coherent instructions are and how well/quickly instructions have been responded to
6. Introduce the Class Exercise: Music Comprehension:

Explain that are now going to listen to the violin solo in Voyage to the Moon. Our job is to try and work out what the violins are describing. The solo comes just after Prince Caprice tells his father he wants to go to the moon in his song.

Explain the process of the class exercise e.g. first we will, next we will etc.

7. Class Exercise Part 1: Read the story options:

1. Introduce the story options

2. Select students to read the options on the board out loud

8. Class Exercise Part 2: Discuss the text:

1. Synonyms: Go round the class and ask each pupil, in turn to share what comes to mind when they think of the words on the board. The mood or tone of the story, the themes it may encompass

2.Write on Board: As the class says their opinions, write these on the board under the corresponding word – you can have 3 pupils stand at the board writing these to increase focus and enjoyment

3.Understanding Text: Ask questions about what the class think the mood, tone or atmosphere in the story options may be in relation to the music.



9. Class Exercise Part 3: Listen to the Music:

1.Remind class that as they listen to the music, they must decide which scenario matches the mood/tone of the music

2.Play the music

3.Discuss thoughts about which story the class thinks the composer is telling – you can always play the clip again for prompting

4.Discuss pitch, timbre, tone, duration etc. – can demonstrate with instruments and remind by replaying the music

5. Ask what change the violins made at the end of the verse


10. Reveal the Answer:

1.Display the answer page from the exercise

2.Play the music

3. Ask what change the violins made at the end of the verse



11. Analyse the Violin’s music:

Play the violin’s music from verse 2. Ask questions about the tone, duration, pitch, timbre and tempo.

Violins playing verse 2 of the music:

12. Introduce the ‘Crescendo’ sign:

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. 



13. Independent Exercise: What Can You Hear?:

Resources to bring for this activity:

  • Independent Composition work from all lessons
  • Lined paper
  • Writing Equipment

Hand the pupils their individual composition work from previous lessons

This is an exercise that will help with individual composition work

The class will hear the narration of verse 2 of the music played twice.

They are to note down key points from the story that reflect the tone of the music. This will help them to create their own version of verse 2 within their compositions

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ks2 story 2

14. Independent Composing Exercise:

Resources to bring for this activity:

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

1.Students to create the next part of their story (to fit the music of verse 2 in tone etc.)

2.Give them the narration from VTM 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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