Keeping the beat - How to be a conductor!

This series of activities is aimed at KS2 pupils and suitable for both non-specialist and specialist music teachers. They activities reinforce the idea of a steady beat and introduce the concept of number of beats in a bar.
After watching a video of a conductor with an orchestra, pupils learn the patterns of movements for conducting 2, 3 and 4 beats in a bar. They then have the opportunity to put their conducting skills into practice whilst singing songs with different numbers of beats in a bar.
The plan culminates in small group work and includes a Conducting Challenge, with a variety of songs to conduct.
Included -

  • Detailed lesson plans
  • Accompanying powerpoint
  • Worksheets


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  • How-to-be-a-Conductor.docx
  • Conducting-Powerpoint.pptx
  • Conducting-challenge-worksheet-template.docx
  • Christmas-conducting-challenge-worksheet.-2-beats.docx
  • Christmas-conducting-challenge-worksheet.-3-beats.docx
  • Christmas-conducting-challenge-worksheet.-4-beats.docx

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Created: Nov 9, 2019

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

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