World Music Day – Our Top 8 Activities For Primary Schools
World Music Day is fast approaching and it’s an amazing opportunity to relish the joy that music can bring. Music brings people together and unites us. Where language has barriers; music speaks.
On the 21st June 2021 over 125 countries will be taking part in the largest music event across the globe. So here are our top ways you can get your whole school involved in World Music Day.
Dress up like a rockstar day
We’ve all heard of non-uniform days, so why not have a rockstar day. Encourage the children to come in dressed as either their favourite rockstar or what they would dress like if they were a rockstar! You could even host a competition in each class for the best dressed!
Everyone brings in a favourite CD/Song to share
Show & Tell is a common social activity in primary schools. It encourages the children to be confident in public speaking as well as providing important social interactions amongst younger students. So why not invite the children to bring along a song or CD that is a particular favourite of theirs and spend some time sharing the vast array of music and styles, encouraging them to discuss the reasons why they like those songs.
Celebrate the blues by dressing up in blue
The blues is one of the most influential musical genres to exist. So why not pay tribute to the blues by dressing up in blue! This could be something that all of the teachers take part in, all of the children in the school or even both!
Start off the day by doing yoga to relaxing music
World Music Day doesn’t have to be all rock and roll. It’s about incorporating music into as much of the day as possible. So why not try a relaxing activity like Yoga and turn on some music that is specifically used to compliment the activity. You’ll soon find yourself with a calm classroom and a serene start to your day!
Battle of the Bands
Why not take a leaf from the ‘School of Rock’ movie and create a battle of the bands tournament amongst your school classes. Each class can come up with their own song, dance routine and even costumes before the grand performance!
Listen to a new song and review it!
Encouraging the children to expand their musical knowledge and repertoire is a fantastic way to start your World Music Day. Why not select a new song that they likely won’t have heard before and get them using their reflective writing skills to write a review on the song and artist.
Musical Era’s Assembly
As a whole school, you can explore the various musical era’s that have influenced the music we hear today. Each class can pick an era and try to create a song to represent it. If your kids don’t fancy composing, why not have them produce a presentation to showcase in the assembly talking about the musical era they chose.
World Music Day is the 21st of June 2021. Give each class a reminder and ask the children to draw posters to put up around the school! You could even have a competition to see who can create the best poster!
These are just a few ways you can take part in World Music Day 2021. However, the fun doesn’t stop there! We have put together a free resources pack filled with lesson plans for KS1/2 for cross-curricular activities. You can download this here.
If you’re hosting an event for World Music Day and want others to join in, why not list it here. #makemusicdayuk