LP Interpretation


Major and minor, tempi, expressions

Duration: 1 lesson - requires that the following lessons have been completed: Tempo 1, 2 and 3, Expressions in the music 1 and 2, Major and minor 1.

The following games are used for this exercise: the Museum and the Cinema (music: the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar)

The pupils will achieve the following skills:

"They will obtain a more in-depth knowledge of major and minor, tempi and expressions in the music

"They will get a sense of how major and minor can be used as a tool to elucidate a feeling or an expression

"They will be able to use their knowledge of major and minor, tempi and expressions to interpret music

"They will be able to use the terms when discussing music


During this lesson, the pupils must use the acquired knowledge about major and minor, tempi and expressions and they must discover the affect it has on music.

The pupils must go to the cinema and listen to The Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. It is the only piece of music at the cinema. The pupils will discover that the movement changes between major and minor. They must pay attention to what this means for their perception of the music.

The pupils must create a story matching the music.

Launch the activity by writing on the blackboard:

"Log on to www.themusicgame.net. Go to the Museum and hear what the custodian has to say".


Always use the relevant musical terms when discussing music.

The pupils will not earn any points or coins at the cinema. Spend the time listening to all the stories and give constructive feedback at the end of each story or at the end of the lesson.

Let the pupils form smaller groups and make them listen to each other's stories.

Instructions for the pupils

The custodian's speech

"Hello and welcome. When I woke up this morning, I was feeling a bit down, so I listened to some cheerful music when I cycled to work. Now, I feel much better and this is good because I've a lot of things on my plate today. I've a job for you too. They called me from the Cinema and asked if I could create something exciting  for some music they'd received. Unfortunately, I'm terribly busy, so I really appreciate that you're here.

I've written a note that I've placed on the notice board. Read it before you begin. Now, I must get on with my job. Looking forward to reading your story. See you!"

The custodian's note

"The cinema needs a story matching their music. Go to the Cinema and listen to the music. Write a story matching the music."


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