Music to tell a story

Hello Primary 2.

I hope you enjoyed listening and learning to sing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow‘ last week. Did you work out that the ukulele was the instrument which accompanied the song? It’s looks like a miniature guitar, but has only 4 strings, rather than 6 strings.

person playing brown ukulele
Photo by Richa Sharma on

This week we are learning about how music can enhance telling a story. In class, a little while ago, we listened to Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev. Each character in the story is played by a different instrument of the orchestra and has their own repeated melody. Some are very high pitched and others very low.

You can listen to the story again here:


Can you retell one of your a favourite stories? Choose a story with two or three characters and create a little melody or a rhythm, for each character, played on an ‘instrument’.  (Remember an instrument can be your voice, your homemade percussion instrument or even some kitchen utensils). Every time the character appears in the story you play their melody or rhythm.

Now retell the story and add in your rhythm or melody for each character.                  Good luck and have some fun!

You might like to send a recording to your teacher on Seesaw. We love to hear what you have been up to.

Mrs Campbell


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