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Music: Get into the groove

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By Richard Slaney from www.philharmonia.co.uk/thesoundexchange

Explore the orchestra with these inclusive, ICT-based activities that will be music to your ears!

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Music is a great way of combining cross-curricular skills

Finding new approaches for teaching children about the orchestra can be tricky. Making and playing their own instruments can be a good basis from which to introduce the subject. However, composing music, based on the knowledge children have of instruments and sounds, will inspire and delight. That’s why the Philharmonia Orchestra’s The Sound Exchange website (www.philharmonia.co.uk/thesoundexchange), and in particular its Groove editor, provides an exciting alternative to investigating instruments using ICT. From introducing an orchestra using live footage, to composing music using the sequence sampler, there’s plenty to explore.

About the Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra performs almost 200 concerts a year worldwide, with particular focus on their residencies in London, Leicester, Bedford and Basingstoke. But today orchestras have expanded beyond live concerts – it’s amazing how often children will hear an orchestra without having ever been to a concert. For example, as well as recording sessions for radio and CDs, the Philharmonia does lots of work for film, jingles for adverts and most recently video games. If you’ve played any of the Harry Potter games, you’ve listened to the Philharmonia!

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