This collection includes composing activities for children and young people that they can do at home with or without instruments. All the activities are inspired by or linked to existing pieces of music. Themes include: sounds in the house and garden, superheroes and graphic scores. New activities will be added each week.
Illustration: Mina Braun
In this activity you will create your own percussion piece inspired by Ionisation for 13 percussionists by composer Edgard Varèse. Varèse was fascinated by the quality of sounds and revolutionised how percussion instruments were used in Classical music. Many of the titles of his music borrow from scientific ideas.
In Sequenza III for Voice, composer Luciano Berio asks the singer to mutter, gasp, laugh and whine as well as go through a range of emotions from tense to dreamy to bewildered. Lockdown has also been a roller coaster of emotion for many people. In this activity you will compose your own 'Lockdown Sequenza' for voice.