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Music, maestro please!

During this coming half term, we will be listening to a variety of pieces of classical music at each Inkpots session to spark some ideas for stories and pictures. I have chosen musical pieces which have stories in them, so that we can talk about this in our sessions and do related activities too.

Over the next few weeks, we will be listening to:

  • In the Hall of the Mountain King (Grieg)
  • The Firebird (Stravinsky)
  • Mars from The Planet Suite (Holst)
  • Fingal’s Cave (Mendelssohn)
  • Summer from The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

Each week, I will be putting the relevant piece of music on our Facebook and Twitter pages so that families can join in too – and anyone else who likes the idea of this project!

While I was doing the research for this activity, I listened to Fingal’s Cave for the first time in a long while. I turned the music up so that the sound of the waves as they hit the rocks was magnificent – I was totally transported, and felt like packing up and heading for The Hebrides there and then.

At Inkpots, I talk a lot about the power of the written word and how it can transport us to different worlds, helping us out when the going gets tough. But I also came across this quote from Maya Angelou,

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space in between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

We’re running this project in the half term when our Year 6 children will be doing SATs. I hope that in a small way these music sessions may also soothe any furrowed brows!

If you would like to join in with our music projects, please contact Gill. Or, indeed, if you use music to inspire creativity, please do share. We would love to hear from you.







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