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🎼   30 DAYS – 30 CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES   🎶

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From Monday 8th June there are 6 full weeks left of term – 30 days.  Can you challenge yourself to listen to 1 classical masterpiece a day to increase your knowledge and awareness of all the amazing classical music that is out there?

ABRSMs CLASSICAL 100 can help you do this. It is a resource used by schools but it has now been made free to parents to access. You need to register here then you can sign in and use the resources free. As a parent, please select “Virtual School” from the list of schools rather than Bourn Primary to access the free resources.

KS1 can use it to meet the National Curriculum’s Key Music Attainment Target: ‘to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music’.

Key Stage 2 can us it to ‘appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians’ and ‘develop an understanding of the history of music’.

There is a sorting tool which allows you to search by historical period, giving you a greater understanding of how music has evolved over time. Music can also be found by instrument, helping you to recognise and identify particular qualities of the various sounds different instruments make. You can also search by mood!

In addition, each of the 100 pieces features its own description and information and a musical challenge, if you want to have a go, encouraging you to compose and create your own music, develop your performing skills and demonstrate musical knowledge and understanding.

The Ancient Greek philosopher Plato said:

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” 

…SO GIVE IT A GO!….. Choose a piece of music, close your eyes, and listen carefully. What can you hear? How does it make you feel? Did you like it or not? These are some of the questions you can ask yourself.

Mrs Armitage challenges you to take it a step further and keep a log of each piece you listen to:

  • The title of the piece
  • The composer
  • The performer/performers
  • The instruments played – main ones and supporting ones
  • Describe the sounds, style and mood of the music
  • Describe the feelings it made you have
  • Give it a rating between 1 and 10 …  1 = you disliked it, and 10 = you thought it was brilliant

At the end of term, send your log to Mrs Culley (hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk) or let her know if you did any of the ABRSM challenges for the pieces and send in your work.

For younger pupils, perhaps do a painting or drawing based on the pictures the music made you have in your head, or how it made you feel, as you listened to it. Make sure you write the title of the piece and the composer on the back of the picture and send a photo of it to Mrs Culley.