Exploring Pitch

Wed 24 Jan 2024 | Music, Reception

Article 28 (right to education) Every child has the right to an education.

Article 29 (goals of education) Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.

Article 31 (leisure, play and culture) Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

During music time this week the children heard about the term ‘pitch’ and thought about how they could change sounds to create high and low pitches. They experimented with their voices by singing songs and used actions to find out more about what high and low means. They were introduced to ‘Ellie’ the elephant who made low pitched sounds and little ‘Mousie’ who made high pitched sounds. They then went on to watch an orchestra playing music. They learned that the sounds that pitched instruments can make can be used to help us to be creative. They heard the sound of the deep and low cello as it represented a cow in the story and a violin as it played a higher pitched sound to represent the jolly gingerbread man skipping down the road.

The children had a try of some stringed instruments and explored how we can change the pitch by pressing down our fingers on different parts of the strings. They learned that different strings have different pitches and that the pitch of the strings can be changed by pulling them tighter using the pegs at the top. The children learned the names of a mandolin, a ukulele and a violin.