June 6, 2022
Fete de la Musique – World Music day - is an annual music celebration, started in France in 1982, which now takes place in over 125 countries and 1000 cities across the world on 21st June. Make Music Day is the UK’s contribution and aims to turn the country into a stage and enable performers the opportunity to develop their musical skills.
Purple Mash has a wide variety of tools and resources to help you celebrate and take part in Make Music Day, either in school or at home. Let’s start with a look at all the different ways you can create compositions with Purple Mash, before highlighting some of the new musical resources and activities, added this year.
All these Purple Mash applications allow children to create music in different ways. You can set all these applications as 2Do’s within Purple Mash, perfect with a theme to get pupils to create their own music for Make Music Day.
Using synths, samples and playing loops, children can be a DJ or music producer. Busy Beats enables children to experiment with textures, pitch and melody to create their own beats.
2Explore allows pupils to play and record simple melodies by clicking on the instruments, perfect for KS1 learners.
There is also 2Sequence where you can drag and drop sounds into a composition grid, exploring harmony and building up musical scores.
2Beat can be used to teach rhythm and pulse by building up various beats.
There are a wealth of resources in the music area of Purple Mash, from quizzes and pairs games to research projects and paint projects.
Pupils can test their musical knowledge with our Instruments Database Quiz or our Music Quiz. There are plenty more quizzes to explore in the music area and if quizzes are your class’s thing, why not get them to create their own Music Quiz for Make Music day, on a musical topic of their choice?
You'll also find 2 different slideshows for use in class, designed to teach children about different types of instruments and their families.
Pupils can also research famous musicians as well as composers or bands. These writing projects all use the new version of 2Publish, giving teachers much more flexibility over the look and feel of documents. To celebrate the recent update, we’ve made 2Publish the #MashoftheMonth for June. Learn more about what you can do with the application here.
Back in the music area, children can also live the dream and use our Mashcams to become a famous singer or guitarist. For those that really want to rock out, there’s even a bagpipe Mashcam. Now we’re talking!
With school leaver discos fast approaching, you could use our Year 6 leavers’ disco template for children to share their favourite tunes with their classmates. A whole school blog could also be set up for Make Music Day with pupils and teachers sharing their favourite piece of music.