Listening and responding to their own and others’ music-making
- We are learning to listen and respond to short pieces of music.
What to look for
- Pupils listening to short extracts of music in a focused way
- Pupils responding to the beat of a piece of music
- Pupils responding imaginatively to short pieces of music through movement and language
- Pupils recognising and identifying some instrumental sounds
Provide opportunities for the pupils to listen and respond to a range of pieces of music, for example:
- Play short pieces and encourage them to identify the sounds of different ensembles and instruments, such as:
- a pop song;
- a choir;
- an instrumental group; or
- various individual instruments.
- Ask the pupils to copy what you do. Play a piece of music and clap, stamp or perform other appropriate actions to the beat. Then allow them to suggest their own actions.
- Encourage the pupils to respond imaginatively to the mood of a piece of music through movement and gesture:
- swaying gently;
- with jerky movements;
- with spiky movements; or
- with bouncy movements.
- Have the pupils describe music in simple ways, for example:
- scary; or
- Ask them to describe how we make some instrumental sounds, for example:
- we blow a trumpet;
- we beat or strike a drum; and
- we pluck or strum a guitar.