Resources

Friday Afternoons provides warm ups, leader tutorials, case studies, lesson plans and worksheets to support teaching the repertoire, plus arrangements and creative responses to some of the repertoire. If you have resources you would like to share, please email us. (Check our submission rules.)

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Item Author / Ambassador Category Description
Diction: Vowels
Dominic Ellis-Peckham
Video

Our Friday Afternoons Ambassadors show us how to articulate our vowels when we are singing.

Tempo, Pulse, Counting
Charles MacDougall
Emily Barden
Video

Advice from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Emily Barden and Charles MacDougall on how to count and keep a steady pulse.

10 Top Tips!
Friday Afternoons
Video

10 Top Tips from our Friday Afternoons Ambassadors!

Dynamics
Dominic Ellis-Peckham
Emily Barden
Video

Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Dominic Ellis-Peckham and Emily Barden share their top tips on how to include dynamics into your singing.

Performance Skills
Charlotte Brosnan
Video

Friday Afternoons Ambassador Charlotte Brosnan shares some performance skills tips.

Legato
Charles MacDougall
Video

Friday Afternoons Ambassador Charles MacDougall shows us some techniques on how to encourage your singers to sing more smoothly, with legato.

Intervals
Charlotte Brosnan
Emily Barden
Video

Advice from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charlotte Brosnan and Emily Barden on intervals.

High Range
Charlotte Brosnan
Dominic Ellis-Peckham
Video

Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charlotte Brosnan and Dominic Ellis-Peckham demonstrate some techniques to help with singing high notes.

Singing in Canon
Tom Appleton
Video

Advice on singing in canon from Friday Afternoons Ambassador Tom Appleton.

Breathing and Airflow
Charles MacDougall
Tom Appleton
Video

Advice on breathing and airflow technique from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charles MacDougall and Tom Appleton.

Project One Dot - Blank Dimensions Grid
Emily Barden
Worksheet

A blank Dimensions grid for mapping out musical contrast.

Project One Dot - Blank Note Grid
Emily Barden
Worksheet

A blank note grid for use alongside melody writing.

Project One Dot - Exploring Melodic Contours
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains the exercise ‘taking a note for a walk’.

Project One Dot - Breath Control
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains how to get your students to control their breathing through long phrases.

Project One Dot - Accessing the Upper Register
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains how to access the upper register of the voice through vocal play and the ‘cat on a bungee’ exercise.

Project One Dot - Singing Big Intervals
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains how to practice singing big intervals such as 5ths and octaves.

Project One Dot - Writing Rhythms
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains how to find ‘natural’ rhythms for speaking words as part of the songwriting process.

Project One Dot - Exploring Simple Two-Part Harmony
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains how to explore two part harmony with your students using a keyboard/tuned percussion instrument.

Love Lifted Me Vocal Warm Up
London Youth Choir
Warm Up Exercise

London Youth Girls' Choir share a melodic warm up: Love Lifted Me

Artistic Director: Rachel Staunton
Accompanist: Helen Smee

Made possible with support from Friday Afternoons.

Ghosts Vocal Warm Up
London Youth Choir
Warm Up Exercise

London Youth Girls' Choir share a melodic warm up: Ghosts

Artistic Director: Rachel Staunton
Accompanist: Helen Smee

Made possible with support from Friday Afternoons.

Frogs Vocal Warm Up
London Youth Choir
Warm Up Exercise

London Youth Girls' Choir share a melodic warm up: Frogs!

Artistic Director: Rachel Staunton
Accompanist: Helen Smee

Made possible with support from Friday Afternoons.

A Song For Haddo
Haddo Arts Festival
Score

A Song for Haddo, with songs from Friday Afternoons by Benjamin Britten

Part of the Haddo Arts Festival 2017 with Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland (McOpera Outreach) and Snape Maltings.

A Song for Haddo marks the beginning of an exciting new strand of music outreach in Aberdeenshire as part of the Haddo Arts Festival.

Exploring Sound and Movement Resources
Sectio Aurea
Lesson Plan

Students at the International Academy of Greenwich worked with Sectio Aurea on a project bringing together music and movement. Using Talvin Singh's 'Clash and Bang' as a starting point, the students created dance pieces.

The accompanying document describes exercises you can deliver with your own group to explore sound and movement.

Accompanying videos support the document:

Exercise 1 - Make Yourself Be Heard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV5wMGelr5o&feature=youtu.be

Three Birds Classroom Ensemble Scores
David Ashworth
Score

Score and parts for a flexible classroom ensemble arrangement of Three Birds, created by David Ashworth. This resource comes with accompanying teaching notes.

Legend Classroom Ensemble Scores
David Ashworth
Score

Score and parts for a flexible classroom ensemble arrangement of Legend, created by David Ashworth. This resource comes with accompanying teaching notes.

Snow Classroom Ensemble Scores
David Ashworth
Score

Score and parts for a flexible classroom ensemble arrangement of Snow, created by David Ashworth. This resource comes with accompanying teaching notes.

Remixing Friday Afternoons
David Ashworth
Worksheet

A resource to help you creating your own songs, by using elements from the 2016 Friday Afternoons songs. This document, created by David Ashworth, focusses on two of Jonathan Dove's songs, 'Fast Car' and 'The Little Girl of Rain'.

Composer's Guide to the 2016 Songs
David Ashworth
Worksheet

The 'Composing Teachers Resource' document breaks down the key compositional elements of three of Jonathan Dove's Friday Afternoons songs: 'Music on the Waters', 'Legend', and 'Mad Moon'.

The accompanying worksheets help you deliver activities based on the compositional elements in these songs.

Fire! (Enhancement)
Apollo 5
Video

Apollo5 demonstrate their enhanced version of Jonathan Dove's 'Fire!'.

Fire! (Creative Response)
Apollo 5
Video

Apollo5 demonstrate their creative response to 'Fire!'

Fire! (Original)
Apollo 5
Video

Apollo5 sing Jonathan Dove's 'Fire!'

The Voces8 Method Warm Up
Apollo 5
Warm Up Exercise

Apollo5 demonstrate and lead the Voces8 Method.

Mental Warm Up
Apollo 5
Warm Up Exercise

A mental warm up led by Ciarán Kelly from Apollo 5.

Vocal Warm Up
Apollo 5
Warm Up Exercise

A vocal warm up led by Charlotte Brosnan from Apollo5.

Physical Warm Up
Apollo 5
Warm Up Exercise

A physical warm up led by Clare Stewart from Apollo5.

Benjamin Britten's Places - Odd-One-Out Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

An odd-one-out puzzle based on the places in Benjamin Britten's life.

Benjamin Britten's Places - Keyword Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A keyword puzzle based on the important places in Benjamin Britten's life.

Benjamin Britten's Places - Codebreaker Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A codebreaker puzzle based on the important places in Benjamin Britten's life.

Benjamin Britten's Places - Crossword
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A crossword based on the important places in Benjamin Britten's life.

Benjamin Britten's Places - Wordsearch
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A wordsearch based on the important places in Benjamin Britten's life.

Benjamin Britten's People - Odd-One-Out Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

An odd-one-out puzzle based on the people in Benjamin Britten's life.

Benjamin Britten's People - Keyword Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A keyword puzzle on the people in Benjamin Britten's life.

Benjamin Britten's People - Codebreaker Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A codebreaker on the people in Benjamin Britten's life.

Benjamin Britten's People - Crossword Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A crossword based on the people in Benjamin Britten's life.

Benjamin Britten's People - Wordsearch Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A wordsearch on the people of Benjamin Britten's life.

Benjamin Britten's Music - Odd-One-Out Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

An odd-one-out puzzle based on the music of Benjamin Britten.

Benjamin Britten's Music - Keyword Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A keyword puzzle on the music of Benjamin Britten.

Benjamin Britten's Music - Codebreaker Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A codebreaker puzzle on the music of Benjamin Britten.

Benjamin Britten's Music - Crossword Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A crossword on the music of Benjamin Britten.

Benjamin Britten's Music - Wordsearch Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A wordsearch on the music on Benjamin Britten.

Friday Afternoons - Odd-One-Out Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

An odd-one-out puzzle based on Friday Afternoons.

Friday Afternoons - Keyword Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A keyword puzzle based on Friday Afternoons.

Friday Afternoons - Codebreaker Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A codebreaker puzzle based on Friday Afternoons.

Friday Afternoons - Crossword Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A crossword on Benjamin Britten's Friday Afternoons.

Friday Afternoons - Wordsearch Puzzle
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A Friday Afternoons wordsearch.

Musical Elements Information Sheet - There Was A Monkey
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of There Was A Monkey:
- Stretching a motif
- Bitonality

Musical Elements Information Sheet - There Was A Man of Newington
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of There Was A Man of Newington:
- Inversion
- Relative minor

Musical Elements Information Sheet - The Useful Plough
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of The Useful Plough:
- Chord inversions
- Tied notes and syncopation

Musical Elements Information Sheet - Old Abram Brown
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of Old Abram Brown:
- Repeating notes
- Rhythmic augmentation

Musical Elements - Jazz-Man
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of Jazz-Man:
- Dissonance
- Tonal Scheme
- Recapitulation

Musical Elements Information Sheet - I Mun Be Married on Sunday
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of I Mun Be Married on Sunday:
- Compound time
- Perfect 4ths
- Using harmony to underline climax

Musical Elements Information Sheet - Fishing Song
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of Fishing Song:
- 5/8 time
- Rising leaps

Musical Elements Information Sheet - Ee-Oh!
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of Ee-Oh!:
- Conunct and Disjunct
- Plagal cadence
- Dressing up a tune in different ways

Musical Elements Information Sheet - Cuckoo!
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of Cuckoo!:
- Musical questions
- Harmonic implications of an ostinato
- Chord spacing
- Melisma

Musical Elements Information Sheet - Begone, Dull Care!
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of Begone, Dull Care!:
- C major
- Arpeggio
- Legato and Staccato

Musical Elements Information Sheet - A Tragic Story
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of A Tragic Story:
- Minor Key
- Bells
- Tempo Change

Musical Elements Information Sheet - A New Year Carol
Friday Afternoons
Worksheet

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of A New Year Carol:
- Regular rhythm patterns
- Pedal notes
- Perfect cadence

KS2 Lesson Plan -There Was A Monkey
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for There Was A Monkey, exploring seven subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Information and Communications Technology
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - There Was A Man of Newington
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for There Was A Man of Newington, exploring six subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Information and Communications Technology
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - The Useful Plough
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for The Useful Plough, exploring seven suggested subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Information and Communications Technology
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - Old Abram Brown
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for Old Abram Brown, exploring five subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - Jazz-Man
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for Jazz Man, exploring seven suggested subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Information and Communications Technology
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - I Mun Be Married on Sunday
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan exploring I Mun Be Married on Sunday, exploring six subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - Fishing Song
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for Fishing Song, exploring seven subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Information and Communications Technology
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - Ee-oh!
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for Ee-oh! exploring six subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Information and Communications Technology
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - Cuckoo!
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for Cuckoo! exploring six subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - Begone, Dull Care!
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for Begone, Dull Care! exploring seven subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Information and Communications Technology
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - A Tragic Story
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for A Tragic Story, exploring six subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts

KS2 Lesson Plan - A New Year Carol
Friday Afternoons
Lesson Plan

A KS2 lesson plan for A New Year Carol, with five suggested subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Historical, geographical and social understanding
- Understanding physical development, health and well being
- Understanding the arts