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Week beginning 25.01.21

This Unit is focusing on recognizing style indicators of a Pop Ballad. 


You will need to use the link below, and log in to Charanga using your log in details, which are in your Home/School message book.

The section is called Make You Feel My Love. This week, we are listening and appraising the track Hello by Lionel Richie. Click on the picture titled "Make You Feel My Love", then launch Step 4. 


Now work through the activities on the right hand side. 


For an extra challenge, try using the documents below to help with your music appraisal, and learn more about Pop Ballads!

Questions and answers to help with your music appraisal.

Extra music activity


Are you having lots of fun finding the pulse in your music lessons?

You can use anything to find the pulse. We have used our bodies, by clapping, tapping, stamping or moving. We have also used instruments, like shakers, drums and tambourines.

How about making your own instrument to use with your music lessons?

Here is a video to give you instructions to make a drum using balloons with plastic bottles or jars. The drum is made using the same principles as a regular drum, and will make a sound. It’s also a great way to reuse plastic and help save our planet!

Always be careful with scissors. You may need help to stretch the balloon over the opening of the plastic bottle or jar.

How to Make a Timpani Drum Easy Plastic Bottles And Balloons

How will you decorate your drum? Do you have paint, or stickers? You could use glue and wind wool or ribbon around it, or cover it with coloured paper to make it look really bright and colourful.

What will you use to hit your drum? Lolly sticks might work well. Would a spoon make a different sound? Can you use your drum to find the pulse in your favourite song?

Remember, when you are discussing the music, you need to use the musical vocabulary that you have learned in school. Here is a list of the words you need to know and their definitions:


Pulse - the strong beat in the music


Rhythm - this is a repeated pattern of sound


Pitch - the frequency of the sound, is it high, like a smoke alarm, or low, like a motorbike?


Dynamics - this is the difference and change in volume of notes. They might be soft, light sounds or big, powerful sounds. 


Tempo - the speed of the music


Timbre - the quality of the tone which is like the "voice" of a musical instrument. You can tell an electric guitar by the timbre of the notes. A guitar has a very different timbre to a violin.


Structure - how the song is put together. It could have a verse, then a chorus, repeated throughout. Other songs have a middle section called a bridge, which sounds a little different from the rest of the song.


Texture - how the different layers of sound come together in a piece of music. A song might have a thin texture, with a vocal and a piano, or it may be thick, with many voices and a number of different instruments playing together.


Notation - the way we write music down so that we can read and sing or play it. In music lessons you have seen musical notes on a staff, with notation added.   ♪♫♪♫♪♫