Teachers Notes

Resource created by: Leeds Museums and Galleries

Leeds has, and continues to have, a rich and vibrant music scene.  Find out about some of the bands, both big and small, and the orchestras that call the city of Leeds home, along with the international pianists who flock to the city every year for the incredibly popular piano competition.

 

Curriculum Links

KS2&3 Music:  Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

 

Activity Ideas

  • Start a rock band.
    • Behind every band there are a lot of people, organisations and supporters. Try setting up a school band and have a monthly lunchtime gig. Other members of the class could work as managers (co-ordination), promoters (marketing and social media), technicians (manning sound and set up/close down), roadies (moving stuff), stylists (costumes to make and look cohesive, but individuals), stage design (mini Stonehenge anyone?), band design (logos), chorographer (for dance moves), ticket sales and press officers. Or, have a fictional band that the manager’s never met (quite typical in some areas of the music business), and the management company (your class) have to organise the fictional band.
  • If you have a few bands in schools, have a mini summer music festival. What will you need to make it work? Give small groups a job title and task to complete. Sell tickets to parents and the community. Count it for your Artsmark.
  • If you want to play, or a pupil wants to take things further, contact the Leeds Music Education Partnership 
  • Write performance poetry and have a slam. Lyrics can be poems set to music.
  • Have a musician in residence in school, or ask parents is anyone can play and help pupils more informally than in lessons.
  • Many arts organisations in the city run music workshops, try Opera North  or the Piano Competition 
  • Try music as a 5 minute lesson starter – do pencil case percussion for 5  minutess. It will focus your pupils on concentrating on rhythms and get them ready to learn.
  • Have themed or linked music on in the background in lessons – it’s a multi-sensory approach and can help pupils to concentrate.