Singing with feeling

Home learning focus

Learn techniques to develop singing with confidence.

This lesson includes:

  • a video about melody and pitch

  • a video to help you understand how to sing with expression

  • three practise activities


What are melody and pitch?

Melody is the tune. It's the part of the music that you sing along with.

Pitch is how high or low a note sounds.

A melody is made up of high and low pitched notes played one after the other. Catchy melodies often repeat the same series of notes over and over.

Watch this video to find out more about melody and pitch.

Explore melody and pitch with Bob Marley.

Learn more about differences in pitch.

Click on this interactive game to explore high and low pitch.

Singing with feeling

Singing is all about feeling. You can change the mood of a song by the way it is sung.

Some songs make you feel happy or excited, while others make you feel sad or scared.

These feelings come from how the song is composed, the instruments used and how performers play them.

Think about how your favourite songs make you feel.

Listen again to your favourite song and see if you can spot what is causing those feelings.

You might be able to use those tricks in your song.

Watch this short film to find out more about singing with emotion.

Explore how to put emotion into music and singing with Nina Simone.


Activity 1

What is your favourite song at the moment? Find that song and listen to it.

Can you write down or describe how it is making you feel?

Can you spot what is causing that feeling? Is it the words?

How does the singer perform?

Write down three things about the music that you think are creating that feeling.

Activity 2

Sing along to Somewhere Only We Know

Watch and singalong with this choir singing Somewhere Only We Know by Keane.

Activity 3

Try out a creative Ten Pieces activity at home.

  • Watch films about classical music
  • Make art and crafts
  • Download sheet music and sing along to famous pieces.
Musical and creative activities at home

There's more to learn

Have a look at these other resources around the BBC.

KS2 Music
Music for ages 9 -11
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