Around the World – India

Pupils are introduced to a completely different style of music in this topic as they become familiar with traditional Indian music. Learning all about the rag and tal, children listen to a range of examples of music from the country, identifying traditional instruments as well as creating their own improvisations and performing as a class

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Lesson 1: Journey to India

Children are introduced to traditional Indian instruments and music, including the key aspects of the tal and the rag

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Lesson 2: Playing a Rag

Pupils read and play given notes then use them to improvise a rag in the style of traditional Indian music

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Lesson 3: Adding a Drone

Children build on their group compositions from the previous lesson, adding a repeated background note known as a drone

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Lesson 4: Introducing the Tal

Children explore the different pitches and timbres that can be made using drums and add rhythm to their group compositions

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Lesson 5: Performing Anile

Children learn and perform a traditional Indian song using the knowledge and skills they have built throughout the topic

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