Let’s compose an exaltation of larks and other birds by listening to Vaughan Williams’ music and also by doing a spot of bird-watching of our own.
Tackle some 3/4 6/8 cross rhythms and play along with Rodrigo’s famous guitar concerto.
Listen hard and create some dance moves inspired by Manuel de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance.
Let’s listen to some musical sorcery and make up a slide show to accompany Dukas’ colourful music “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”.
Listen carefully to the sounds of the morning, and also to the music of Grieg, and then compose some morning music of your own. An inspirational composing activity for youngsters!
Classroom composing activities used by Cheryl in a variety of settings which use Fanfare For The Common Man by Aaron Copland as a starting point, and focussing on texture in music.
Classroom composing and performing activities used by Cheryl in a variety of settings which use the 1st Movement of “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as a starting point.
Using a river for musical inspiration has proved to be a fruitful tactic when composing for myself or with a classful or schoolful of children!
Year 6 are learning about physical geography with their class teachers. To support this we composed some musical rivers in their first ever music lessons with Cheryl, exploring features of rivers such as tributaries, confluence, meanders, estuaries, waterfalls and lakes.
This school song was written for the opening of a new school building at Grangetown Primary School in Sunderland. It compares the new school to other famous buildings around the world. The lyrics have been successfully adapted by several other schools.