Year 4

Unit 9 – Listening and Apprasing

Students will be introduced to the term programme music. This year the teacher will focus on the work Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.

Other suggested programme music:

Pictures from an Exhibition by Igor Mussorgsky
March of the Little Tin Soldiers by Gabriel Piernè
The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint Saëns
Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
The Birds by Ottorino Respighi
Ritual Fire Dance by Manuel de Falla

Activity 1 – Match character with instrument

The teacher will go through the story-line and explain which instruments represent the different characters in the story. Visuals of both story characters as well as instruments will be displayed.

The Characters – The Instruments
Peter – String Instruments
Bird – Flute
Duck – Oboe
Cat – Clarinet
Grandfather – Bassoon
Hunters shooting – Timpani (Kettle Drums) and Bass Drum
Wolf – French Horns

A Hunter’s theme is also featured, played by the woodwind instruments and trumpet.

In this activity the children should match the character with the instrument.

Orchestral Instruments – Peter and the Wolf


Activity 2 – Identify the character

Each character is represented by a different theme played on different instruments. The teacher plays the first part of the video Peter and the Wolf where the characters are presented one by one. Individual sound tracks are played and the children are asked to identify the character being represented.


Activity 3 – Other tasks on Peter and the Wolf

Whilst watching the video or listening to the music of Peter and the Wolf, the children can be given the following tasks:

  1. Your school is presenting an original production of Peter and the Wolf. You are responsible for designing a poster. Draw a picture which can be used in the design of the poster
  2. In your own words, summarise the story-line of this musical work in a few sentences.