Music KS3 / GCSE: Jameela Jamil on Fanfare for the Common Man' by Aaron Copland

Jameela Jamil explains why 'Fanfare for the Common Man' by Aaron Copland is her favourite piece of classical music.**

She explains how the fanfare captures her imagination and describes some of the images the piece conjures in her mind.

This short film is from the BBC series, Play On!

Teacher Notes

Jameela describes the entry of the trombones as though more friends are joining her.

Can the class describe what it is about this music that creates the exuberant, and uplifting feeling experienced by Jameela?,

Can the students create a similar fanfare for some event at school or in their home area, which will encourage other people to join in.

Alternatively, over several days or weeks, students could explore a wide range of classical music by simply listening to some examples throughout the day.

Challenge students to choose their favourite piece and explore it in greater depth, just as Jameela does in this short film.

Ask students to describe why it is their favourite, the story they believe it tells, or the pictures they imagine when they listen.

They could present their thoughts on the piece of music through a presentation, piece of writing or artwork.

If more than one student chooses the same piece of music they could discuss any differentiation in their description of this piece.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching music at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

It appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC CCEA and SQA.

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