There was a monkey

Vocal difficulty: 2 of 5
Accompaniment difficulty: 5 of 5


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

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

Lesson Plans

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

Accessibility Resources

Other Song Information

Song Credits

Music by
Benjamin Britten

Words by

Performance track:
Singers: New London Children’s Choir
Conductor: Ronald Corp
Accompanist: Alexander Wells

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