Music at Stanford Infants

 The children are very excited about sharing their music recordings with you at home. The recordings are not “Perfect-Perfect” and we always discuss how we could have made them even  better with more time, but I hope they will give you all a taster of what the children have got up to in their 30 minute weekly music lessons. They do very well!


The children in Reception have been learning the names of all the classroom instruments and have been learning the correct way to play them. See if your child can name each of these instruments;











We have been playing the instruments as part of our class orchestras and the children have been taking it in turns to be the”Conductor”. We have used our hands to show everyone when to start..



When to play quietly…..Quiet

And when to play loudly ! ….Loud




November 2019


                                                        King George II

We have been listening to Zadok the Priest by George Friderick Handel  from the BBC 10 pieces website. This piece was written for the coronation of George II in 1727 and has been used for the coronation of every monach since. We have talked about how George IV , who built the Royal Pavilion would have had this music playing when he was crowned King.


We have really enjoyed listening to this wonderful piece of music and have discussed how it make us feel ……excited, special and some children talked about how the music made you feel as if something really special was about to happen.

Here is a link to the website where you can listen to the piece and watch the Orchestra and Choir performing ; Click Here

We acted out the coronation here in the school hall and pretended that we were inside Westminster Abbey. We knew exactly when to put the crown on the King or Queen as the music got louder and louder and then the Choir started singing . It was very exciting !

Zadok the Priest


Zadok the Priest 1




November 2019




We have been listening to an exciting piece of music called “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” by John Adams. This is one of the BBC 10 Pieces and can be listened to here; Click Here

We loved hearing how the wood block kept a steady beat throughout and have tried playing along to the recording –  it is really hard!

We created our own version of this piece today in Music . We split into three teams;


Team 1 was the engine playing the wood block and claves and they kept the steady beat going throughout .


Team 2 were the rhythm section and played a rhythm using Ta Te Taa rhythms (Crotchets and Quavers) on the tambourines.

download-2Team 3 were the melody section and they made up tunes on the xylophones and metallophones using a pentatonic scale . They had a very hard job as they had to try and make their tunes “Fit in”  with the beat and rhythm sections .

The children did brilliantly and really listened to each other, making sure they kept their team together.

Here are the recordings;

Ocean Class Short Ride in a Fast Machine;

Pavilion Class Short Ride in a Fast Machine;

Regent Class Short Ride in a Fast Machine;


October 2019

Tiradentes, Brazil. June 02, 2007. Puffer Steam Engine-locomotive. Vintage Railroad in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazils-l300


The Year 2 children have been listening to an amazing piece of music called “The Little Train of The Caipira “ by a Brazilian composer called Villa Lobos. In this piece the orchestra is made to sound like a steam train on a journey through the Brazilian jungle. There is even an emergency stop which the children loved !

We thought of all the different reasons that the train might have had to stop suddenly.

Here is a recording of the piece:

Bachianas Brasilerias No 2 by Villa Lobos performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

We have also watched a video of an orchestra performing the piece. The children were fascinated by the unusual Brazilian percussion instruments – we all decided that it would be fun to have a Reco Reco in school ! This was the metal guiro.

Here is a link to the video; Click here

In the music lessons we then tried to recreate the sound of the steam train using the percussion instruments that Villa Lobos used ;


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Claves-                                                                      Cow Bell-download-10

Epstein-CL We practiced starting slowly, getting faster and then slowing down at the end. Some groups even worked out how to do an emergency stop!

We then composed our own class versions of the train journey through the jungle. One team were the train and the other teams were representing what we could see out of the windows.

We had Tree Frogs,



an Anaconda,


a Tarantula


and a Waterfall.


We even had enthusiastic actors for each class to narrate our train journeys.

Here are the recordings;

Ocean Class Train Ride;


Pavilion Class Train Ride;


Regent Class Train Ride;