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Music

In music at John Betts we learn a wide variety of music styles, listen to music from all over the world, play instruments together and, most importantly, sing lots!

 

We use the Charanga Music School, which focuses on a different area of music each half term, always leading to a class performance. From ABBA to rock, from The Beatles to jazz, we tour the world and ages on our musical journey.

 

We also follow the John Betts Listening Programme, which focuses on music from a different country each half term. We listen to a focus work each week, and develop our active listening skills through guided listening sheets.

 

Outside the classroom, we have a choir every week, sing at class assemblies and have the opportunity to learn instruments with one of our many visiting teachers.

John Betts Listening Programme

 

 

Week

Composer

Focus Piece

Genre

Forces

Autumn 1

  • France

1

Debussy

Clair de lune

Piano music

Solo piano

2

Satie

Gymnopédie No. 1

Piano music

Solo piano

3

Ravel

String Quartet in F

String quartet

String quartet

4

Faure

Apres un reve

Solo song

Solo singer

5

Bizet

Flower duet

Opera duet

Two singers

6

Saint-Saëns

The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals)

Chamber music

Cello and piano

Autumn 2

  • America

1

Copland

Fanfare for the Common Man

Orchestral fanfare

Orchestra

2

Bernstein

I want to live in America (West Side Story)

Musical

Cast of singers

3

Glass

The Hours

Minimalism

Strings and piano

4

Barber

Adagio for Strings

Orchestral

String orchestra

5

Whitacre

Lux aurumque

Holy minimalism

Choir

6

Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue

Concerto

Piano and orchestra

Spring 1

  • Italy

1

Monteverdi

Vespers

Sacred

Solo and orchestra

2

Verdi

Brindisi (from La Traviata)

Opera

Duet and chorus

3

Corelli

Christmas Concerto

Baroque concerto

Baroque orchestra

4

Donizetti

Una Furtiva Lagrima (from L’elisir d’amore)

Opera

Solo aria

5

Palestrina

Sicut Cervus

Sacred choral

Choir

6

Puccini

Nessun Dorma

Opera

Solo aria

Spring 2

  • Germany / Austria

 

1

Mozart

Overture (from Marriage of Figaro)

Opera overture

Orchestra

2

Pachelbel

Canon

Chamber music

Baroque strings

3

Bach

Air on the G String

Chamber music suite

Baroque strings

4

Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto

Violin concerto

Solo and orchestra

5

Beethoven

Symphony No. 5

Symphony

Orchestra

6

Offenbach

Cancan (from Orpheus in the Underworld)

Operetta

Orchestra

Summer 1

  • Russia

1

Stravinsky

 

 

 

2

Mussorgsky

Great Gate of Kiev (from Pictures at an Exhibition)

Orchestral suite

Orchestra

3

Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake Finale (from Swan Lake)

Ballet

Orchestra

4

Shostakovich

Symphony No. 5 – Finale

Symphony

Orchestra

5

Borodin

String Quartet No. 2

String quartet

String Quartet

6

Scriabin

2 Nocturnes

Piano music

Solo piano

Summer 2

  • England

1

Vaughan- Williams

The Lark Ascending

Short Work

Solo violin and string orchestra

2

Purcell

Dido’s Lament (from Dido and Aeneas

Opera

Solo aria

3

Britten

This Little Babe (from A Ceremony of Carols)

Sacred choral

Harp and children’s choir

4

Dowland

Flow My Tears

Lute song

Lute and solo

5

Byrd

Ave Verum Corpus

Sacred choral

Choir

6

Elgar

Pomp and Circumstance No. 1

Ceremonial march

Orchestra

 

 

 

 

 

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