Using picture books
to teach music in key stage 1
By Mrs Schneider
Why not use some of the 
wonderful picture books 
found in our classrooms 
to teach music?
In the Dark, Dark Wood
With this book I used
wooden instruments
to illustrate the
“Oohs” and metal
ones for the “Ahhs”
Mr Little’s Noisy Car
The children picked
percussion
instruments to create
the sound effects Mr
Little’s car made.
So Much
You can use this book
to investigate “me” -
‘“doh” interval, ( the
third and the first
note of the scale) to
repre...
Storm Boy
We used the words in
the story - “Welcome
stranger, welcome
stranger, son of a
chief from above” to
create rhyth...
The Smartest Giant in Town
In the lesson we had
been looking at pitch
and singing up and
down an octave in
steps. We took ...
Using picture books is a great way to reinforce 
some of the learning objectives in a different 
context.
There are many g...
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This presentation is a record of 5 plenaries I did with years 1 & 2 using popular picture books to reinforce some musical concets we had explored in our music lessons

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Using picture books to teach music

  1. 1. Using picture books to teach music in key stage 1 By Mrs Schneider
  2. 2. Why not use some of the  wonderful picture books  found in our classrooms  to teach music?
  3. 3. In the Dark, Dark Wood With this book I used wooden instruments to illustrate the “Oohs” and metal ones for the “Ahhs”
  4. 4. Mr Little’s Noisy Car The children picked percussion instruments to create the sound effects Mr Little’s car made.
  5. 5. So Much You can use this book to investigate “me” - ‘“doh” interval, ( the third and the first note of the scale) to represent the “ding dong” of the doorbell and to sing the refrain “so much”
  6. 6. Storm Boy We used the words in the story - “Welcome stranger, welcome stranger, son of a chief from above” to create rhythms to play on the boomwhackers every time the Whale Gods appeared. We also added an ocean drum.
  7. 7. The Smartest Giant in Town In the lesson we had been looking at pitch and singing up and down an octave in steps. We took the song the giant sings and sang each line starting on a different step.
  8. 8. Using picture books is a great way to reinforce  some of the learning objectives in a different  context. There are many good quality picture books  commonly found in classrooms that you could use. Let us know any favourites that you like to use 

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