Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

LPO launches Creative Classrooms Connect

6:05, 6th November 2017

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has launched Creative Classrooms Connect, a collection of resources for Key Stage 2 teachers created in collaboration with primary teachers and other experts in music education.

The platform currently offers resources for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Holst’s The Planets.

Resources for the Tchaikovsky include plans for a composition project, in which students use two tunes from the piece to create a class battle of the melodies, and a performance project, in which students recreate the victorious finale of the piece using classroom percussion, any instruments they might already play, and body percussion.

The Holst resource outlines the background to the piece and how to listen it, and includes a creative project that shows how students can create their own version of ‘Mars’.

The resources are part of the LPO’s Creative Classrooms project, which aims to support classroom music-making at Key Stage 2. The scheme aims to help KS2 class teachers/teaching assistants to gain general classroom music skills and specialist experience, equipping one or more teachers from each school with increased skills and confidence to work creatively with music in the classroom.

The project is run through a combination of direct training sessions with a music education professional, resources and practical work. Participant teachers eventually deliver a full bespoke creative project inspired by a piece of orchestral repertoire, working alongside LPO musicians and culminating in an in-school performance.


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