The music is from these places/cultures:
- Native American
- North Africa
- World music styles
- Various instruments from around the world
- Lexis – various countries and musical instruments
- Skills – speaking / writing
- Provide a world map per group of pupils.
- Cut up one set of cards with the names of the seven countries per group of pupils (there are several sets provided below).
- The music clips used here cannot be downloaded so you will need an internet connection in your classroom to play the music. The clips are available on the BBC School Radio website - scroll down to 'Context: Geographical locations' to find them.
- Give pupils in groups a world map and a set of cards, and tell them to put the place names on the map. You may need to help them if their knowledge of geography is limited.
- Tell pupils that they are going to listen to some music from these places and ask if they know anything about it, e.g. types of instruments used, rhythm, etc, depending on their knowledge of musical terms.
- Play the samples one at a time and after each one ask pupils to guess where each one comes from. Ask pupils what instruments they can hear in each sample and other characteristics of the music. Help with unknown vocabulary. Then play the sample again.
- Play the samples again, in random order and ask pupils to say where it is from.
Pupils can now try to compose their own world music (if they have the musical skills) using available instruments. They can then describe their music, either orally or in writing.