Chinese New Year – 25 January 2020

“Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the main Chinese festival of the year. As the Chinese use the lunar calendar for their festivals the date of Chinese New Year changes from year to year. The date corresponds to the new moon (black moon) in...

Ten Pieces 111

Ten Pieces 111 is the third iteration of a music project run by the BBC and Trailblazers (which we also covered in a recent post) is another strand of it. The resources, from years 1 and 11, are also there and available for use, even though those strands of it are...

Ten Pieces Trailblazers

“Ten Pieces Trailblazers challenges students to rethink orchestral music – what it sounds like, who can make it, and how it’s used – through ten trailblazing composers and their pieces of music. This new set of pieces showcases works that have helped...

Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky is a well-known piece of classical music which is easy to use with children in KS 2. It is a suite in ten movements based on a walk (the promenade is the recurring theme tying each image together) around an art gallery.  ...

The Carnival of the Animals

The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux) is great fun to introduce to children. It is a humorous musical suite created in 14 movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns.  For me, the ideal way to introduce it would be to think about it...