Suitable for : FL, FS & KS 1 + 2
Where : School
When : One term - one year
Group size : 30 max
Using music and movement together the children will learn musical concepts, expression and notation. Singing is the mainstay of the activities with a steady beat expressed externally through the body. As things progress the activities may get more complicated, with some children able to keep an accompanying rhythm in their bodies that compliments the singing. Props will be used including cups, counters, scarves, and balls to unravel the musical structure and express phrasing and articulation.
This approach is easily transferred into instrumental music-making on recorders, tuned and untuned percussion, ocarinas and so on. The children will be able to express the music that has been taught and the music that they have created using graphic, physical and standard notation.
‘It’s been great to see the children so excited about reading music. By experiencing everything first, the whole class has been engaged and challenged to work out the patterns – they can already do it physically, so it’s just a case of using the right symbols to write it down. I didn’t know reading music was so straightforward and I’m learning with the rest of the class.’