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LM Musical Activities to Support Children's Wellbeing

Children need time for play, curiosity & nurture, and even more so during the present times coping with the pandemic and loss of learning in school for many children. Ideally children need 30 minutes at the start of the day and 10 minutes at the end of the day to spend time being curious, playing and being creative. Without this opportunity children may find engaging with lessons more difficult and, in some cases, no learning will be able to take place.

Young People need access to activities that support their biochemistry of wellbeing. Activities linked to these chemical endorsing needs can be offered as a musical activity, along with other art forms, and is a good tool for giving pupils these creative experiences, to help them settle into learning each day.

These musical activities are taken from the Wellbeing resource on our website but have been updated for ease of immediate use by teachers, parents and carers alike.

Please click on the weekly links below to access the Free resources that have been sent out to Secondary Schools, or click on the longer link underneath for the full resources.

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7

Supporting A Recovery Curriculum - Music For Social And Emotional Well Being

Please click here to access our Secondary Music Technology Resources.

Orchestras for All - free access to group music making programme for state secondary schools

Please click here to access nine listening activities to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven From Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.

Pieces covered in this resource are:

1. Coriolanus Overture:
2. Symphony No 9, 4th movement excerpt:
3. Leonora Overture No. 3:
4. Spring Sonata for violin and piano, 1st movement:
5. Fidelio Overture:
6. Leonora Overture No. 3:

Please see blow for more Free KS3 and KS4 resources

Free Music theory interactive lessons and exercise suitable for beginners to advanced musicians
Trinity Rock & Pop - Free app for recording, mixing and mastering your own songs suitable for all ages
Passing Notes Education - Digital resources for GCSE and A Level composing and Listening
Musical Futures - Top 10 free digital platforms for online home music education suitable for KS3, KS4 and KS5 students
Royal Opera House; Create and Sing - online digital resource for KS1,KS1, KS3 and AQA Alevel strand for 2-10 weeks music lesson delivery exploring different operas.
Indian Takeaway; Rag & Tal -This online resource enables you to take away lesson plans and successfully play or teach a piece of Indian classical music on any instrument

ISM TRUST - Lesson Plans
Week 1 - Warm Up And Learning Outcomes
Week 2 - Learn To Speak Compositions

Week 3 - Practise Speaking Compositions
Week 4 - Learn To Clap The Time Cycle
Week 5 - Practice Clapping The Time Cycle
Week 6 – The Indian Scale
Week 7 – The Composition

Week 8 – Melodic Improvisation
Week 9 - Three Types Of Embellishments

Week 10 – Improvisation
Week 11 - Bringing it all together
Week 12 - Final Performance

BBC Bitesize - Students can have support working on topics from the KS3 music curriculum, including composition, performance, evaluating music and music technology. By creating a MyBitesize account, pupils can personalize their Bitesize by adding their favourite resources

Week 1 – How to write a song (introduction)
Week 2 – Writing lyrics

Week 3 – Melody writing
Week 4 – Bass lines

Week 5 – How to rap
Week 6 – Fusion Music
Week 7 – Composing music for video games
Week 8 – Composing music for film

Longer composition projects
Compose your own film music - with Hans Zimmer
Compose your own Doctor Who theme - with Delia Derbyshire
Make music about a day in your life - with George Gershwin

Compose your own minimalist music - with Steve Reich
Compose your own fusion music – with Ravi Shankar

For KS3 (and in light of events taking place in spring 2020) we have sourced some resources that can be used without instruments. These focus on the #BlackLivesMatter movement and develop pupils' knowledge and understanding of black musicians:

Black Lives Matter
Who is Prince?
Historical Roots of Hip Hop

For KS4 we can signpost you to some guidance focused on 'Decolonising The Music Curriculum' to enrich and diversify your music curriculum offer.

Decolonising The Music Curriculum