Ideal for cover, primary outreach, or distance learning, this structured resource pack is a great introduction to analysing music, and is perfect for young students between Years 2 and 5 who are beginning their learning journey in Music, or for older students with lower ability. It’s also great for a regular Friday afternoon class activity, working really well as a Composer of the Week resource.
Five whole 1-hour lessons are included in the pack with fun, themed colouring worksheets for the students, a 25-slide detailed PowerPoint with up-to-date YouTube links, and full teaching guidance so that you will feel completely supported whether you are a music specialist, or not. This is Set 4 in my Primary Music Listening Activities Series, and this set focuses on special occasions.
Students use their knowledge of colours to interpret musical features relating to the musical elements. There are 5 themed lessons, each with its own colouring-in worksheet: The Witch’s Cave; In the Grotto; The Forbidden City; Rainbow’s End; Easter Egg Valley. A specific piece of relevant classical or world music is the focus of each lesson: e.g: the Christmas-themed ‘In the Grotto’ is based on Elgar’s A Christmas Greeting; Whelan’s Lament of Cú Chullain from Riverdance is the focus for the St. Patrick’s Day-themed ‘Rainbow’s End’. Halloween, Chinese New Year, and Easter are the other special occasions in this resource pack.
Each worksheet has 8 pairs of numbered statements, 2 or 3 of which are opinion-based, and the others are related to specific features of the piece of music used for the lesson. Each statement has a colour pattern, and where statements are a little more complex students can use their knowledge of colour to find the right answer. For instance: young musicians may not be able to distinguish between flutes and clarinets, but they will know a Tiger is orange and black, not blue and purple! So, the correct colour pattern matches the correct musical statement, allowing students to listen to the music whilst they colour-in, focusing on the sound of a flute, clarinet, or on whatever the musical statement is about; over time, they learn to recognise the sounds.
This system allows young students to develop musical analysis skills by building on prior knowledge of colour, not to mention familiarisation with composers and music from the Western Classical Tradition, and even from world music composers in this set. Also, the opinion-based questions offer great opportunities for emotional and social development.
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