Theme and variations (Theme: Pop Art)

Children explore the musical concept of theme and variations and discover how rhythms can 'translate’ onto different instruments

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Lesson 1: Pop Art and music

Children explore the musical concept of theme and variations and discover how rhythms can 'translated’ onto different instruments, including body percussion, inspired by artwork from the Pop Art era

Lesson 2: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Children compare and contrast different variations in the piece ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’, identifying the sounds of different instruments and discussing what they sound like

Lesson 3: Learning the theme

Children use complex rhythms to perform a theme, taking inspiration from Benjamin Britten's 'The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra', written in 1945

Lesson 4: Exploring rhythms

Children are taught about rhythmic elements contained in the theme of Benjamin Britten's 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra' and learn to play TIKI-TIKI, TI-TIKI and TIKI-TI rhythms in 3/4 time

Lesson 5: Picturing Pop Art

Children use music notation to create visual representations of TIKI-TIKI, TI-TIKI and TIKI-TI rhythms