Course Materials

Course Material


‘Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music’

  • The course contains 26 well-known pieces – played in ensemble – from the folk, classical and children’s-song canons, drawn from a variety of countries and cultures.

See Song List.

‘Sing, create, compose, and learn a musical instrument’

  • During each lesson pupils take turns in playing their chosen instrument and percussion and singing. They create vocal and chosen instrument parts for their peers to perform at sight.

‘Understand and explore music’

  • Pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations are all taught.

Learning outcomes

The overall objectives of the 33-lesson course

  • I can play eleven notes on my chosen instrument reading from standard notation
  • I can play simple percussion from standard drum notation
  • I am familiar with other musical elements such as time and key signatures, and rests and accidentals
  • I have learned the essential skill of reading ahead
  • I can sing to a chosen instrument + percussion + given piano accompaniment
  • I am aware of unacceptable behaviour such as playing at inappropriate moments and over-blowing
  • I can appraise the music with verbal descriptions of its emotional effect on me
  • I have improved control of left and right hand fingers as they make each note
  • I can happily take part in a short public concert of chosen instruments, percussion and song at the end of each third of the course

Music Input

  • Treble clef
  • Drum clef
  • Chosen instrument notes C4, D4, E4, F4, Fsharp4, G4, A4, Bflat4, B4, C5, D5
  • Drum notation symbols for ride cymbal, tom-tom, snare drum and bass drum
  • 24 time signature
  • 34 time signature
  • Key signature of C major/A minor
  • Key signature of G major/E minor
  • Key signature of F major/D minor
  • F sharp accidental
  • B flat accidental
  • Minims
  • Crotchets
  • Quavers
  • Dotted minims
  • Dotted crotchets
  • Crotchet rest
  • Dotted crotchet rest
  • Minim rest
  • Ties
  • Anacrusis

Song List

From the USA

  • Yankee Doodle
  • Home on the Range
  • Oh Susanna
  • Streets of Laredo
  • Daisy Daisy
  • Campdown Races
  • Banks of the Ohio
  • Clementine
  • When the Saints
  • Old Man River
  • Morning Has Broken

From England and Scotland

  • My Grandfather’s Clock
  • London’s Burning
  • Man’s Life’s a Vapour
  • The Water Is Wide
  • For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow
  • The Mingulay Boatsong

From Ireland

  • Molly Malone
  • The Wild Rover
  • The Spanish Lady

From France

  • L’Apres Midi d’une Faune
  • La Claire de la Lune

Children’s Songs

  • Old MacDonald
  • Knick Knack Paddiwhack

From Catalonia

  • El Noi de la Mare

From Australia

  • Waltzing Matilda

A pre-Christmas recital could include Old MacDonald, Man’s Life’s a Vapour and a selection of the previous trios.

A pre-Easter recital could also include Yankee Doodle, Home on the Range, O Susanna, Streets of Laredo, Spanish Lady and Daisy Daisy.