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’ll be regularly uploading ideas for classroom music activities, with which we invite teachers to interact.
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!
This is Part 2 of our two-part resource all about singing. In Part 1, we focused on the importance of warming up, and shared a wide variety of warm-ups to try. In Part 2, we look at singing games, songs and rounds.
In these two creative projects by music educator Ros Savournin, we explore Béla Bartók’s dazzling Concerto for Orchestra, finding out about folk-style melodies a fixed interval apart, and the pentatonic scale.
Project 1 looks at the second movement of the piece and its opening that showcases pairs of bassoons and oboes in a lighthearted “game of pairs”. This project is designed to be delivered over 4-6 lessons (depending on length) and is suitable for a half-term unit of work with a Key Stage 2 class.
Project 2 focuses on the opening of the fourth movement and its hypnotic pentatonic oboe melody and how to recreate this in class. This can be adapted to fit just 1 session, or can be extended to fit 3-4, depending on how much time you have.
It is well documented that singing is great for children’s self-esteem and learning in general, and is a good way to foster a spirit of togetherness and unity in school. It can also be a lot of fun! At the LPO we spend every summer at Glyndebourne, playing in operas almost every day, so we have a special connection with singing.
Whether you are preparing children for a school production or assembly, or just looking for ideas for ways into singing, this resource by vocal specialist Lucy Griffiths provides an array of warm-ups, games, dances, rounds and creative ideas to get everyone singing.