Issue no. 1 (April 2006)



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Britain



Become a class of evacuees during the Second World War. Create the atmosphere of the 1940s through the sound textures and authentic music of the period. Different social classes are portrayed during a short performance at the end of the session. Children are encouraged to dress appropriately.




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

OUTLINE OF B.S.O. WORKSHOP




TITLE
Music In War-Time Britain (KS 2)



QUALITY MUSICAL EXPERIENCE(S)

Interaction with professional musicians playing live music


Performance as a class of evacuees


MUSICAL ELEMENTS INTRODUCED

Pitch: distinguish between steps and leaps and repeats in melodies (singing wartime songs)

Dynamics: understanding louder/quieter

ACTIVITIES TO ADDRESS MUSICAL SKILLS




  1. Controlling sounds through singing and playing – performing skills


1a Sing wartime songs with action. (Run Rabbit; Underneath the Spreading Chestnut Tree)

1b Use own or school instruments to maintain a march rhythm (Colonel Bogey)

1c Develop ability to rehearse. (Colonel Bogey, Jive and songs)


  1. Creating and developing musical ideas – composing skills

Composing an accompaniment to Colonel Bogey (using instrumentalists and school percussion)


  1. Responding and reviewing – appraising skills

3b Respond to war-time music by dancing and marching (Jive and Hand Jive)

Vocabulary Rhythms: steady beat




  1. Listening, and applying knowledge and understanding

Listen to war-time music - Glenn Miller Band

Understand how the instruments work (looking at vibrations)


Understand the context of the music and how the use of elements contribute to this

Musical examples Glenn Miller Band – American Patrol and In the Mood; Colonel Bogey March








KEY STAGE 2

Julia’s


Wedding


This workshop gives an insight into Roman life. Dress the bride and groom and follow the procession through the town to the feast in their new home. On the journey the children will be introduced to a lively street scene incorporating shopkeepers, street sellers and Roman soldiers. The procession will end with a great party and entertainment.


The class will create a short musical play which will give them the opportunity to dress up and perform to other members of the school.

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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