During ‘lockdown’ many people have drawn solace from the creative arts, especially music, as demonstrated by social and mainstream broadcast media. Therefore it is obviously important that children can continue to access musical learning opportunities during this period of 'BW@Home.'
We are very grateful to our wonderful Westbrook Trust music teacher, Mr Lock (Specialist Leader of Education), who has compiled the following resources to make your lockdown more musical !
Mr Lock regularly posts new ideas for making music on these 2 Twitter accounts:
ADVICE FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE ALREADY LEARNING AN INSTRUMENT :
Children who have instrumental lessons should, of course, continue to practise their instrument if they have it at home. Some music teachers are able to offer music lessons over Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. If your child learnt with Dynamics, the Medway music hub have a look here: https://www.dynamicsmedway.co.uk/
One of the MTSA Primary Music Forum members is offering online flute, recorder, singing, ukulele, piano and Arts Award lessons – contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
As a general rule, a little practice every day is far better than one huge session once a week. If children have reached the point of learning scales on their instrument, now is really good time to get to grips with these – time which will be rewarded over and over again in the coming years of playing!
Parents may find this guide useful: https://gb.abrsm.org/en/inspire/support/how-to-support-your-child-s-practice-at-home/
The Royal Opera House has been live streaming operas and ballets on YouTube. Peter & The Wolf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF8iuOW7BwA is particularly appropriate for children, and uses different instruments of the orchestra to represent each character – perhaps you can work out or find out which instruments represent each character...
Andrew Lloyd-Webber has also been live streaming his shows https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag but parents will need to judge the suitability of each for their children.
The Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall is now free https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/
While the London Symphony Orchestra are here: https://lso.co.uk/whats-on/2019-20-season/alwaysplaying.html
Or if folk music is more your thing: https://www.englishfolkexpo.com/lockdown-live/
GENERAL MUSIC ACTIVITY IDEAS - SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES:
There are plenty of daily activities here: https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/
This https://learning-platform.roh.org.uk/create-and-learn has some lovely wider arts education activities.
Make junk instruments from your recycling with this guide: http://www.beatgoeson.co.uk/junk-percussion-guide/
Take part in some online singing: https://youtu.be/Gxk0LAnPwr0 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaAn6bWypQY or http://www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk/ or https://collins.co.uk/pages/support-learning-at-home-free-childrens-song-bank
Learn about the instruments of the orchestra here: https://www.royalalberthall.com/about-the-hall/news/2020/april/meet-the-orchestra-with-alberts-band/
A parent found this activity and sent it in: https://www.classicsforkids.com/
Evelyn Glennie proves you don’t need instruments to make music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SRqDPT7ZDk
if you and your family love singing try this free trial of Sing Up at home https://www.singup.org/singupathome/
EARLY YEARS MUSICAL IDEAS:
Listen to 'Carnival of the Animals' https://youtu.be/1L993HNAa8M and think about each animal as you listen to each section of the music. Can you walk on the spot or move around the room to the pulse (or ‘beat’)? The pulse will be fast for some animals and slow for others. Maybe you could move around just like the animals would? When you’ve finished, you could draw your favourite animal and write down some words (or ask your grown-up to help you) describing the music of your favourite animal.
You can find nursery rhymes and simple songs to sing here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents/parents-birth-to-five/nursery-rhymes-and-songs-early-years-parents
There are some lovely activities from the BBC here:
4 EYFS suitable ‘Body Beats’ activities from Ollie from ‘Beat Goes On’:
for context, you might want to watch this first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02nzFHmgPGk
ACTIVITIES FOR KEY STAGE 1 :
BBC Ten Pieces classical music activities for younger children:
More music learning ideas from the BBC:
Browser based music software: https://leicestershiremusichub.org/ks1-music-tech
KEY STAGE 2 MUSIC IDEAS:
BBC Ten Pieces activities for older primary children:
Perform your own mini-musical with these: https://www.theschoolmusicalscompany.com/collections/home-learning-resources-songs-and-scenes
This is the first of several Body Beats activity videos (do them all!): https://youtu.be/j4mZhv9HS-g
KS2 Browser based music software: https://leicestershiremusichub.org/ks2-music-tech
Weekly activities from BBC Ten Pieces:
Older primary pupils would also enjoy experimenting with writing their own music – see the Composing software and ideas section below.
IF YOU LIKE COMPOSING MUSIC AND LOVE COMPUTING ...
Composing software & ideas:
https://www.icancompose.com/inspiration/ (these could also be used as a great listening resource)
Children with access to iPhones, iPads or Mac computers will find GarageBand a great way to compose too. It is free from the App Store. This document explains how it can be used https://transformancemusic.org/product/teaching-music-garageband-ipad-2nd-edition-donate/
This contains a list of further music education iPad apps: https://leicestershiremusichub.org/free-secondary-music-technology
Mac users can also download GarageBand’s big brother, Logic Pro X, free for 90 days https://www.apple.com/logic-pro/ (and if you like making your own pop music videos in iMovie, you can get Final Cut Pro free for 90 days too from the Apple website)
Steinberg are offering 60days free of their Mac & PC software (before May 15th): https://new.steinberg.net/stayhome/
Audacity is available for Windows users too https://www.audacityteam.org/
Bandlab starter songwriting course: https://learning.inclusivemusic.com/courses/bandlab-for-schools-free-covid-19-edition
This link contains links to some other software too: https://www.kent-music.com/news/keep-music-education-going-at-home/