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Musical examples African songs and chants



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Musical examples African songs and chants




I
KEY STAGE 2
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Festival



This workshop is based on the story of the Ramayana, about Rama and Sita. Although this is the story that is celebrated at Divali it is suitable for other times of the year. After a brief introduction about the orchestra, the musicians show and play their instruments. The children are shown Indian instruments and hear them played.


For Key Stage 1. The musicians act out the story with the help of the children’s musical accompaniment developed during the workshop using Indian and classroom instruments.
For Key Stage 2. After helping the musicians to tell the story of the Ramayana by using classroom percussion, the children are encouraged to think how they might describe this in a musical composition. After rehearsing both the story and their composition, these are performed to another class.
The children also learn the Divali song (both Key Stages).


Key Stage

2

No of musicians

2

No of pupils

1 class

Length

2 sessions per half day KS1

Half day KS2


Space required


School hall or similar space

Instruments required

School percussion and children’s own instruments

OUTLINE OF B.S.O. WORKSHOP


TITLE

Indian Festival (KS 2)


QUALITY MUSICAL EXPERIENCE(S)

Interaction with professional orchestral musicians playing live music


Using different styles of music to accompany an Indian story

MUSICAL ELEMENTS INTRODUCED


Duration: consolidate understanding of how rhythmic patterns fit to the steady beat Dynamics: consolidate understanding of and identify getting louder and quieter (use of loud music to depict battle with Ravanna and quiet music to accompany the Divali song)

Tempo: understand and identify getting faster or slower

Timbre: identify a range of instruments by name(Indian and Western); distinguish between different ways of playing percussion instruments

ACTIVITIES TO ADDRESS MUSICAL SKILLS




  1. Controlling sounds through singing and playing – performing skills

1a Control vocal pitching, and develop rhythmic and melodic memory by learning Divali song


1b Demonstrate accuracy and control of technique on percussion (groups playing different rhythms to a steady beat)

1c Follow hand signals to direct and lead. Make improvements to their work commenting on the intended effect


  1. Creating and developing musical ideas – composing skills

Explore the way sounds can be combined and used expressively (combining rhythms with the Divali song)

Improvise longer repeated rhythmic patterns and sequences

Combine layers of sound with the awareness of the combined effect

Use melodies and accompaniments including drones, ostinati, layers

Experiment with repeating and re-ordering sound patterns and sections of pieces (all of the above to create an Indian style piece of music)


  1. Responding and reviewing – appraising skills

Compare and contrast music from Indian and western cultures with an awareness of the music’s context/purpose

Vocabulary Getting louder/quieter; rhythmic patterns; beginning/ middle/ end


  1. Listening, and applying knowledge and understanding

Recognise that musical elements can be used for different purposes (to accompany or to depict the battle with Ravanna)

Identify how combinations of elements are used in a variety of musical styles and to communicate musical effects

Listen to Indian music and identifying different instruments and their qualities



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KEY STAGE 2
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Seasons

A creative composition project using Vivaldi's Four Seasons as its starting point. The class would work on one or more of the seasons depending on how many sessions are required. After listening to Vivaldi's music and his poem, the children would work in groups, with the guidance of the musicians, composing their own "seasons" music. At the end of the session there would be a short performance of the pieces.


This flexible project could also be used by a group of schools each taking one season and finally coming together with the musicians to share their work and give a concert.



Key Stage

2

No of musicians

2

No of pupils

1 class

Length

Half day

Space required

School hall or similar space

Instruments required

School percussion and children’s own instruments



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