Issue no. 1 (April 2006)



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KEY STAGE 1 and 2

Sound

and

Science




Strings, Brass or Woodwind


Hear instruments being played live by professional musicians. This project aims to reinforce children’s scientific learning through music, and will combine live performance of music with discussions on how the instrument works. Children will be encouraged to observe with their ears as well as their eyes.




Key Stage

1 or 2

No of musicians

2

No of pupils

1 class

Could take the form of a presentation to several classes if preferred



Length

2 sessions per half day

Space required

School hall or similar space

NB. This could be expanded to a half day workshop, using contrasting ways of producing sound, for suitably experienced children.

OUTLINE OF B.S.O. WORKSHOP


TITLE

Sound and Science (KS 1 and 2)



QUALITY MUSICAL EXPERIENCE(S)

Interaction with professional musicians playing live music

Listen, appraise and respond to music played with an emphasis on the science of sound

MUSICAL ELEMENTS INTRODUCED


Pitch: recognise high and low sounds (see and hear a variety of different instruments from the orchestra and compare their ranges of pitch)

Texture: recognise how different pieces of music use different layers of sound

Timbre: explore the way sounds are made





ACTIVITIES TO ADDRESS MUSICAL SKILLS


  1. Responding and reviewing – appraising skills

3a Discuss music heard using descriptive words; discuss ways in which the sounds of one instrument can be made and changed (this might stimulate children to experiment with different ways of playing familiar instruments in their own composition work); observing with their ears and eyes, children are given the opportunity, through the practical experience of hearing and seeing instruments being played live, to understand scientific concepts concerning sound

Vocabulary High; low; blown; plucked; loud; quiet





  1. Listening, and applying knowledge and understanding

Identify how sounds can be made in different ways using one instrument or one type of instrument


Identify how the choice of instrument can contribute towards the mood of effect in music heard

Musical examples A selection of pieces depending on which family of instruments is chosen




M
KEY STAGE 2
usic


and

Maths


Melodious maths! Combine numerical and musical skills to create a composition in the style of gamelan (East Asian traditional music). Numbers are used to create rhythm and melody, which are incorporated in a composition. This can be performed at the end of the workshop to an invited audience.




Key Stage

2

No of musicians

2

No of pupils

1 class

Length

Half day

Space required

School hall or similar space with whiteboard

Instruments required

School percussion and children’s own instruments







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