Here at the Mobile Music School, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality music resources for primary schools nationwide. Not only do we deliver workshops, short programmes, and classroom music programmes, we provide music resources for primary schools as well.
Music Resources For Primary Schools
Our music resources for primary schools are designed to help teachers to teach music in the classroom. Considering music resources for primary schools can be difficult to find, this means that many teachers struggle to teach music. Further to this, the challenge is finding resources that are firstly fun and engaging, and secondly, educational. However, there’s no need to worry! We have decided to share our resources completely free of charge! Why not adapt this blog post into a lesson plan to bring the world of music into your primary school classroom?
Our Composer Series
Our brand new composer series introduces students to the world of composing! Focusing on a well known composer every two weeks, students will learn all about the background, history and work of some of the worlds most famous composers! This series is a great way for students to gain an understanding of how music is made, and an appreciation of all different genres of music. Further to this, students also gain an understanding of the culture and history surrounding the music. Following on from last week, when we learnt all about the famous composer Chopin, this week we will be exploring his music. Read on to learn more!
Music resources for primary schools needed for this lesson
Each student to have paper and pencils/crayons.
Tell the class that today we will be listening to a few pieces that Chopin composed. Ask class if anyone can remember a fact about Chopin from last weeks lesson.
Activity One: Clip One
This is a very famous piano song. This piece is NOT meant to be played within one minute of time! Chopin got inspired to write this little waltz as he was watching a small dog chase its tail. An important thing in this song for students to listen out for is the tempo changes throughout the song. Play the clip below for students.
Questions for class
Q: What did you notice about the song?
A: Let children give their opinions.
Q: Do you think that would be a difficult song to play on the piano?
Q: Is the song loud or quiet/sad or happy/fast or slow etc?
A: Let children give their own interpretation.
Play song again, and this time get children to raise their hand whenever they hear a change in the tempo or mood of the song.
Clip Two: Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2
Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E flat major, performed by Yundi Li. Nocturne means a musical piece that is inspired by the night. Ask children to close their eyes as they listen to this piece.
Q: What feelings do you feel when you hear this song?
Q:What do you imagine is happening as this song is being played?
Q: How is this song different to the first one?
Q: Did you prefer the first song or the second one? Why?
Play song below for students. Explain to students that they are to move around the room CAREFULLY as the song is playing! No running/pushing allowed! See if students change their movements as the tempo changes.
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