Here’s another lesson emailed in from my “sick-bed”.
The same considerations as before; suitable for all classes in the primary school, easy to collect the resources and deliver, easy for me to type up and send in!
Short lesson: Watch the video, discuss, try and create the same sort of effect.
Longer lesson: collect up enough instruments for whole class (if using big wooden xylophones or wooden box drums, several children can share) and create same effect using instruments)
A choir creates a thunderstorm using only body percussion sounds.
Watch the video (1’48’’) maybe more than once
- how the sounds are made
- grading of loudness of sounds
- grouping of performers
- role of conductor
- how the performers know what to do, when to start, change or stop
have a go at recreating the performance – teacher led
- evaluate how it worked, what would make it better?
- Try with different children conducting conductors
- record and listen to your performance
LONGER LESSON use a variety of instruments
- Sort the instruments into groups for the different types of sounds.
- Hand out instruments to groups, and try conducting a storm.
- Did you manage to create the soft-louder-loud-softer-soft effect?
- What do you have to do differently?
- Try in smaller groups. Members of groups could take it in turns to be the conductor