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India topic: music?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by donna1107, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. We're doing India for our topic after Easter, and ive got the job of planning music. Obviously we'll look at indian music, but what bits of it, and do what with it? I suppose what im asking is what will the objectives and activities be? Its a yr5/6 class. if anyone has any planning that would be fab
  2. Hey Donna

    I'm not a teacher but work for a company called south Asian arts.
    My suggestion is that you explore the rhymic patterns in Indian music.
    I can send you some resources next week if you e mail me on education@saa-uk.org.uk
  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Some ideas of resources:
    and I believe there's a song called Dham Dham in Banana Splits:
    You could also try to get someone in to play the Sitar or Tabla - I have in the past and there is really nothing to beat seeing and hearing the instruments live.
    Will come back if I get any planning ideas.
  4. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Have you already covered the objectives in Unit 16 Cyclic Patterns? If not, then this is perfect for your India work.
    I think you can use all the objectives in this unit to plan your work. This is the link to the archived schemes in case you don't have it already:
    Cyclic patterns (particularly Indian music) come again in Year 7 and Year 9 and so a lot of the resources out there are for KS3. Any work you do though won't 'spoil' later work as you are unlikely to cover the structure of the music in the way that KS3 do. You could look at some of these resources though for your own reading.
    Some suggestions:
    1. Children should learn about cyclic patterns: listening to Indian music - lots of CDs available and the class clip links below.
    2. That percussion instruments can produce a wide range of sounds: Ame sau vala tara bal extended activities Sing Up
    3. How different patterns can fit together: Under the Lemon Tree - extended activities Sing Up
    4. About particular cyclic patterns: Allah Hoo - extended activities Sing Up
    5. How to invent simple rhythmic patterns: children create their own rhythms (perhaps the ideas that jemmavause sends to you will be perfect for this objective)
    6. How to expand rhythmic ideas using timbre and duration and by rearranging the rhythmic material: extend the work of objective 5
    Some of these BBC Class Clips could be used too:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/playing-the-tabla/9595.html A young boy playing the Tabla - great demonstration!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/ragas-in-indian-music/5212.html This is great for an example of Sitar playing!
    If you follow some of the links from these clips there's more to look at!
    One area that you might not have considered is that The Beatles were heavily influenced at one point (1965 - 68 approx) by the music of India and so you could include some of their music too!
    BTW - This BBC clip has 4 animated poems, the second of which is about Holi - the Indian festival of Colour. It mentions Sitars and Tablas.
    That'll do for now!
    I would stress again that it would be really good if you can get someone to come in and actually play live. They might also talk to the children about the instruments and how they are played.
    Hope all of this helps.

  5. Hi Marlin
    Well this post wasn't for me, but I'm going to find this really, really useful! Many thanks! I had no idea about the availability of those bbc clips.
  6. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    You're very welcome! Glad it is of use to you. [​IMG]

  7. Can you give any tips on were to start when trying to get someone to come in? I'm new to this!! [​IMG]
  8. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    You could try contacting your local county music service for advice.
    Do you have any Indian children in school? Their parents may know of someone. We were lucky and had a member of staff who played the Sitar! We did have someone come in to play the tabla, but the HT organised that, not me.
  9. We have a bank of artists we work with to provide music lessons in school. If you give me you e mail address i can send you some information.

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