Creative Classrooms Connect
Welcome to Creative Classrooms Connect, a space for Key Stage 2 teachers to access, share and respond to music-making resources created by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, primary teachers and other experts in music education. We regularly upload ideas for classroom music activities, with which we invite teachers to interact.
In this project by composer and educator Kay Charlton, we offer a step by step guide to creating a song as a class. Songs and singing are especially important to us at the London Philharmonic Orchestra, because we spend the summer months playing at Glyndebourne Opera, the famous opera festival in East Sussex.
While the opera singers sing and act on the stage, the Orchestra sits underneath, in what's called "the pit", and play the music, listening to the beautiful singing while we play.
Getting children familiar with rhythmic notation is an excellent starting block for any further musical learning, and can be a lot of fun!
In this project, former LPO Young Composer Ailie Robertson has created a body percussion and verbalisation template for teaching rhythmic notation, along with some flashcards and games for children to become really familiar with the rhythmic notations and their meaning.
This article includes resources to prepare children for, or work with them in response to the LPO's Key Stage 2 BrightSparks concert that took place on Tuesday 7 May 2019. Even if you did not attend the concert, you can still use the PDF Teachers' Pack to deliver creative composition projects in class, based on Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and ‘Dawn’ from Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.
Roaring traffic, car horns, the footsteps of a traveller... George Gershwin’s An American in Paris paints a vivid picture of a bustling city 90 years ago. But what might it sound like today as imagined by a Key Stage 2 class?
This resource, by composer and music educator Rachel Leach, is designed to help you and your class use George Gershwin’s An American in Paris in the classroom, using themes and rhythms from the piece to create your own version of A Brit in Birmingham, Year 4 in London or perhaps even Gershwin Class in Tokyo!