Psappha Kids: Music Explained is a new web-based resource that supports specialist and non-specialist teachers of music for 7 to 11 year olds in order to improve children’s access to and engagement with music.
The lesson plans that accompany the resource have been developed by children’s composer and educationalist Alison Carver.
Psappha Kids includes: lesson plans that give teachers a clear method to teach the syllabus and develop class-based musical activities and extension work, supported by Psappha’s musicians via a series of short ﬁlms; introductions and explanations of the specially chosen music by Tom McKinney (BBC Radio 3 presenter and Psappha’s guitarist); films of full performances of the featured works; and interviews with the players so that children can ‘meet’ the musicians and their instruments.
Composition Lab is Psappha’s online resource for budding composers aged 14 to 18, supporting the creation of music in schools and colleges.
Through over 100 short films presented by conductor Charles Hazlewood we explore different orchestral instruments, musical styles and instrumental techniques, discovering how a work is composed.
The resource also includes programme notes and composer biographies written by eminent musicologist Paul Griffiths plus a special interactive 'mix your own' section in which you have the opportunity to literally mix your own version of a piece.
Click here to go to visit Composition Lab.