Orchestral instruments:Traditional western stories

Children are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and practice identifying these within a piece of music. They learn how different characters can be represented by timbre, how emotions can be represented by pitch and how changes in tempo can convey action. This topic can be made COVID-19 appropriate by sanitising the instruments.

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Lesson 1: The Three Bears

After being introduced to instruments in the orchestra, children try to identify them within a piece of music based on a familiar story


Lesson 2: The Snow Queen

Focusing on the story of The Snow Queen, children analyse how music can convey different moods or aspects of the narrative


Lesson 3: Red Riding Hood

Looking at the familiar tale of Red Riding Hood, children use their understanding of timbre, tempo and dynamics to tell the story


Lesson 4: Jack and the Beanstalk

Working in groups, children plan out how to tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through music, using their understanding of dynamics, timbre and tempo


Lesson 5: Super Storytellers

Children perform their musical versions of Jack and the Beanstalk using their plans from the previous lesson