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Read the story of the cautious caterpillar

Meet the characters

Composing Music To Tell A Story


Using an instrument you have at home or maybe one you have created. Can you create different sounds for each of the different characters?


Think about how the characters the move.

Do they move quickly or slowly? 
Do they fly, crawl, hop possibly even scuttle? Maybe there is a different way they move. 
What sort of sound will you create to represent these different movements? 

Think about what pitch you would like to play your sound pattern.

Would you use a high pitch or a lower pitch? 

Think about the tempo of your character.

Would you use a fast tempo or a slower tempo? 

Think about the dynamics you will use for your character’s sound.

Would you use a soft dynamic or a loud dynamic?

If you would like to learn more about pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre or rhythm then follow the link below to explore on 'espresso'.

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Use the activity sheet below to record which instrument, pitch, tempo and dynamics you would choose for each of the minibeasts.

Mrs Meldrum has started to think of the different instruments and sounds she has found at home to musically describe how each of the minibeasts move.


Would you choose the same as Mrs Meldrum or can you come up with your own creative musical sounds?  


Why not take a look at the graphic score activity on the music page. 

Create a unique sound for your chosen character from this story and record it as a graphic score. Would you use your body percussion sounds or perhaps use some homemade instruments?

Remember you can always use squiggles, spirals, stars or your own made up shapes to represent the different sounds.


Please remember to email your class teacher with a photo of your graphic score, I'd love to see some of these.


Espresso has several activities for you to create your own sound tracks to pictures and stories. 

Why not follow the links and take a look.

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Match the sounds to the pictures you can see on the screen. You can move the sounds onto the picture and even have more than one sound blending together.
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