Big band

Learning about what makes a musical instrument, the four different groups of musical instruments, following a beat using an untuned instrument and performing a practised song to a small audience

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Lesson 1: What makes an instrument?

Learning about different musical instruments, children then use recyclable materials to create and play their own instruments

Lesson 2: Introduction to orchestra

Children learn about the four different groups of musical instruments, where they are positioned in the orchestra, their different sounds and the role of the conductor

Lesson 3: Follow the beat

Children follow a beat using an untuned instrument and play their instruments together to match the beat

Lesson 4: Tuned and untuned instruments

Experimenting with playing tuned and untuned instruments, children then play along and sing in time to familiar songs, changing the tempo (speed) or dynamic (volume) each time

Lesson 5: Big band performance

Children select appropriate instruments to represent different parts of a song before performing a practised song to a small audience