Using Music as a Stimulus for Creative Writing

As part of our Free Primary Masterclasses, on 6th June, West End in Schools and some inspiring teachers met at RADA to discuss Using Music as a Resource for Creative Writing.

Led by the composer and writer of our literacy musicals, Craig Christie, the masterclass began by sitting in silence for 20 seconds and identifying the sounds around us. It was good to be reminded of the importance of listening!

Craig played a piece of music a few times - once for listening and then to inspire the teachers to write a series of things:

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One of the comments that arose from conversation was a difficulty in finding resources for music to be used in the classroom. And so we have compiled a list below - by teachers for teachers! 

'The more the merrier', so if you have any websites or album suggestions please add them to the 'comments' section at the bottom of the page.

Music Resources

Oxfam- lesson plans for unit on global music: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/global-music-lessons-for-ages-5-7 
 http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/global-music-lessons-for-ages-7--11

Music samples for Foundation and KS1: http://www.nancymusic.com

Website containing downloadable songs, chants, nursery fhymes, accompaniment only section as well. Useful Hints and tips on delivering music to preschool and KS1 children.  Also available are downloadable recorder books and a very simple "theory" book: http://www.musicisfun.biz

Free Music resource site, including audio files to help teach samba, Brazilian History and Geography. Also Black History studies. Especially useful for KS2 pupils in conjunction with electronic whiteboard: http://www.primarymusicteacher.com

A virtual orchestra website: http://www.ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/music/orchestra

BBC musical mysteries- for KS2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/4_11/music/mm/

Music games: http://www.dsokids.com/2001/rooms/games.html

Matching music with instruments: http://www.ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/music/index2.htm

Great site to get children creating own music: http://www.creatingmusic.com/new/playing/index.html

Soundtracks: Gladiator and Brick Lane

Nina Jackson: The Little Book of Music for the Classroom

Another interesting website: http://www.literacyshed.com/index.html