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Handbook / Teacher's Guide
Music Express - the primary class teacher's simple answer to 'how do I teach music?' - is now in a brand new edition. All new content in the familiar structure of units, lessons and activities, provides up to date delivery of the English National Curriculum from September 2014. The new edition offers 60 completely new units of work, supplying musical learning from age 5 to 11. Just as its first edition, Music Express Second Edition presents an invaluable resource of great songs, stories, visuals, movies and music from across the world and across history. With new links to every subject and with lesson plans catering to all music curricula of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Music Express is relevant to all schools and all children. Fully supported by CDs and audio-embedded whiteboard displays, the books take teachers and children alike on an enriching and thoroughly engaging journey of musical discovery and creativity.
Unit 1: OurselvesThe children discover ways to use their voices to describe feelings and moods. They create and notate vocal sounds, building to a performance.Unit 2: ToysThe children move and play to a steady beat and to sound sequences. They learn to control changing tempo as they take a scooter ride.Unit 3: Our LandThe children explore timbre and texture as they explore descriptive sounds. They listen to, and perform, music inspired by myths.Unit 4: Our BodiesThe children develop a sense of steady beat using their own bodies. They respond to music and play rhythm patterns on body percussion and instruments.Unit 5: AnimalsThe children link animal movement with pitch movement to help develop understanding and recognition of changing pitch. They interpret pitch line notation using voices and tuned instruments.Unit 6: NumberThe children explore steady beat and rhythm patterns. They play beats and patterns from Renaissance Italy to West Africa, and create their own with body percussion, voices and instruments.Unit 7: StorytimeThe children are introduced to famous pieces to stimulate composition. The children interpret a storyboard with sound effects, and develop their own ideas using voices and percussion.Unit 8: SeasonsThe children develop understanding of pitch through movement, songs and listening games. They become familiar with pitch shapes and perform them in a variety of musical arrangements.Unit 9: WeatherThe children have opportunities to create descriptive sounds and word rhythms with raps and songs about the weather. They create a descriptive class composition using voices and instruments.Unit 10: PatternUsing simple notations, the children play, create and combine minibeast rhythms using body percussion and instruments.Unit 11: WaterThe children sing and play a variety of pitch shapes, using movement and reading from scores. They create a class composition which describes the sounds and creatures of a pond.Unit 12: TravelThe children learn a Tanzanian game song and accompany a travelling song using voices and instruments. They listen to an orchestral piece and improvise their own descriptive 'theme park' music.