Changes within Living Memory
Music

Investigate how our experience of music has changed over the last 50 years. Look into changes in our musical tastes, in the different styles of music and how we experience these inside and outside our homes.

Session 1 Granny and Grandpa's music: sing-a-long

Objectives

History

  • Understand changes that have occurred since 1945.
  • Know where musical events fit on a chronological timeline.

Music

  • Listen to, evaluate and review music across a range of historical periods, including 1950s and 1960s.
  • Use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about some of the differences in how your grandparents would have experienced music and listen to some popular songs of the time.

Teaching Outcomes
To understand that the music their grandparents listened to was different; also that they listened to it on different devices and in a different way.
To recognise examples of songs and music of the time (1950s and 1960s) and become familiar with it by singing it.

Children will:

  • Listen attentively and express opinions about music listened to.
  • Recognise changes in living memory relevant to the lesson and order events and ask and answer relevant questions about post-war life in the1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
  • Know that times were very different for grandparents.
  • Be able to give examples of how things have changed.
  • Have listened to a range of music and use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs.
  • Know examples of songs and music of the period (Post-war 1950s and 1960s).

You Will Need

  • Song words for Yellow Submarine and the Rock around the Clock chorus
  • If possible have an old-fashioned wireless or gramophone to show the children

Session 2 Granny and Grandpa's music: 60s poster

Objectives

History

  • Post war – 1940s, 1950s and 1960s: Identify changes within living memory.
  • Identify similarities and differences in ways of life in different periods.

Music

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking change and rhymes.
  • Listen with concentration to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

Art and Design

  • Collect visual and other information to help develop ideas, apply experience of materials and processes, including drawing, developing control of tools and techniques.
  • Compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others' work.

Teaching and Activities

Consolidate your understanding of Granny and Grandpa’s music by looking at some popular styles of the time and create a poster reflecting the tastes of the time.

Teaching Outcomes
To understand that older relatives may have listened to a different style of music.
To recognise the differences in the art which accompanied the music of the 19050s and 60s.
To listen attentively and express opinions about the music. To remember songs we have learned previously and sing with expression and enthusiasm.
Create interesting designs based on images from album sleeves and posters from the period being studied; use colour creatively and expressively in the style of the time.

Children will:

  • Know that their grandparents listened to a different style of music.
  • Know that the art and images related to music had a different style from today.
  • Create interesting designs based on images from album sleeves and pictures from the time.
  • Use colour and lettering creatively and expressively in the style of that period.

You Will Need

  • Paints, felt pens or coloured pencils
  • Selection of coloured paper
  • A3 paper

Session 3 Mum and Dad's music: dance to the beat

Objectives

History

  • Post war – 1970s, 1980s and 1990s: Learn about changes to the way of life of people since 1945.
  • Learn about the changes in one aspect (dance) of British life since 1945.
  • Understand how personal memories can be used to find out about the past.

Music

  • Identify the pulse in pieces of music.
  • Join in together.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the differences between your grandparents’ and parents’ experience of music and how this would have differed to today’s experience. Listen to some popular songs of the time.

Teaching Outcomes
To show awareness of changes over the life-time of their parents.
Music: Identify the pulse in pieces of music; join in together.
To keep time with music through dance and rehearse and perform disco moves!

Children will:

  • Identify the pulse and join in with the beat.
  • Rehearse prescribed dance moves.
  • Accompany music by dancing to the pulse or rhythm.
  • Answer specific questions about their topic area.
  • Place changes accurately on a time-line.

You Will Need

  • Time-line (from last lesson)
  • White-board & pens
  • Space in which to dance

Session 4 Mum and Dad's music: design a disco poster

Objectives

History

  • Post war – 1970s and 1980s: Learn that change in one area can lead to change in another area.
  • Learn about the changes in one aspect of British life since 1945.
  • To identify links and connections between different aspects of British life since 1945.

Music

  • Listen carefully and develop aural memory.

English

  • Create short simple texts that combine words with images.
  • Find and use new and interesting words and phrases.

Art and Design

  • Explore and develop ideas.

Teaching and Activities

Consolidate your understanding of music your parents may have enjoyed by looking at some popular styles of the time and create a poster reflecting the style of disco!

Teaching Outcomes
To recognise changes within living memory and be aware of gradual but clear changes in the life-time of their parents.
To know and recognise examples of music of a certain time and genre.
To use words, phrases and styles to suit the poster.
To compare and develop ideas, methods and approaches in their work.

Children will:

  • Place the poster in the correct decade on the time line.
  • Recall songs
  • Identify well-defined musical features.
  • Say what they think about the images.
  • Identify what is most effective in their own and others' work and suggest improvements.
  • Organise and combine shapes, colours, patterns, textures, using mixed media.
  • Write single words and phrases and write with spaces between words accurately.

You Will Need

  • Large squares of coloured paper
  • Coloured paper for cutting up
  • Sparkly bits to add
  • Time-line from previous session

Session 5 Music today: what do we like?

Objectives

History

  • Develop an awareness of the past.
  • Understand changes within living memory.
  • Study aspects of historical change related popular music.
  • Understand where events studied fit within a chronological framework.

Music

  • Know what is meant by pulse or steady beat.
  • Know how to combine pulse and rhythm.
  • Know how to create rhythmic patterns based on words and phrases.
  • Use pulse and rhythm to create an accompaniment for a chant or song.

Teaching and Activities

Compare how music has changed over the decades to some popular music of today. Explore how we experience music differently today.

Teaching Outcomes
To listen to a type of popular music from current times (rap music) and relate this to the time line previously constructed.
To create a simple rhythmic rap based on a chosen subject, (e.g. football).

Children will:

  • Understand that our music time line continues until the present day.
  • Accompany a chant or song by clapping or playing the pulse or rhythm of the words.
  • Recall and perform rhythmic patterns to a steady pulse.

You Will Need

  • Percussion instruments

Session 6 Presentation

Objectives

History

  • Develop an awareness of the past.
  • Understand changes within living memory.study aspects of historical change related popular music.
  • Understand where events studied fit within a chronological framework.

Music

  • Use pulse and rhythm to create an accompaniment for a chant or song.
  • Control instruments.
  • Sing with others.

English

  • Speak with clarity and use appropriate intonation when reading and reciting texts.

Teaching and Activities

Consolidate the learning from this block by inviting outside visitors into the classroom and sharing your knowledge of the changes in music!

Teaching Outcomes
To relate popular music and the means of listening to it to a chronology over the last fifty years.
To create, introduce and perform all their work to an audience with confidence.
To present work to an audience, clearly and appropriately either as part of a group or as an individual.

Children will:

  • Place the object in the correct decade on the time line.
  • Identify some similarities within one decade and some differences between now and then.
  • Find their singing voice and use their voices confidently.
  • Sing with awareness of other performers.
  • Respond physically when performing, composing and appraising music.
  • Accompany a chant or song by clapping or playing the pulse or rhythm.

You Will Need

  • Completed time-line (from previous sessions)
  • Posters made in sessions 2 and 4

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.