Composition to represent the festival of colour

Theme: Holi festival. Holi, the Hindu festival of colour, celebrates the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. Celebrations include throwing and smearing each other with vibrant, multi-coloured paints and powders and children explore the associations between music, sounds and colour building up to composing and performing their own musical composition to represent Holi

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Lesson 1: Hearing Colours

Children explore how music can be experienced in a more visual way by associating sounds and rhythms with different colours


Lesson 2: Picturing Music

Building on their knowledge of a graphic score, children focus on colours to create a visual representation of pieces of music


Lesson 3: Vocal Composition

Using abstract art as inspiration, children use the link between colours and music to create their own vocal compositions


Lesson 4: Colour Composition

With a focus on the different dimensions of music, pupils compose a piece of music based upon a single colour


Lesson 5: Performing in Colour

Pupils end this topic by performing their compositions as a class to represent the clash of colours during Holi festival