Here at the Mobile Music School, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality music education programmes 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. This week, and next week, we will be learning all about the famous composer Mozart! Read on to learn more!
What is a composer?
A composer is a person who writes and creates music.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on the 27th January 1756 in Austria to parents Leopold and Anna Maria Mozart. He was a composer, musician and music teacher. From a very early age, the young Mozart showed great musical talent. He toured Europe with his parents and older sister for several years performing for royalty and the aristocratic elite, which were the countries’ richest families.
When Mozart was a young man, he dreamed of being a composer, and moved to Paris to pursue this dream, but sadly couldn’t make it work. He briefly worked in the courts when he returned to Austria, but his dream of being a composer was still very much alive. He relocated to Vienna to pursue composing, and this time he found some success. Mozart wrote over 600 musical works for piano, violin, various wind instruments and numerous chamber pieces. When Mozart was young a symphony was usually a short, simple piece for entertainment. Mozart made the symphony into a carefully worked-out piece lasting up to half an hour. His last three symphonies are especially fine masterpieces. Mozart’s concertos, especially his piano concertos, are far more advanced than anything that had been written before. His operas were also great works, telling stories through classical singing.
Music resources for primary schools: Activity
Ask class ‘has anyone ever been to the theatre?’ Ask them to describe what they went to see. Explain to class that most people go to the theatre to see plays, which are actors acting out a story on stage.
Ask class ‘Does anyone know what an opera is?’ Explain that, like a play, an opera involves telling a story on stage. Opera is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text (called a libretto) and musical score, usually in a theatrical setting. Opera incorporates many of the elements of spoken theatre, such as acting, scenery, and costumes and sometimes includes dance.
Tell class that next week we are going to be listening to some of the operas that Mozart wrote.
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