9. John Logie Baird and mass communication

Tutorial: learn the song 'Communicating, communicating'

The tutorial: learn the song

We start in 1909 in Dover where Louis Bleriot has just made the first crossing of the English Channel by aeroplane.

Then we hear about morse code, gramophones, radio, photographs and television...and finally the development of computers, the internet and the dawning of the 21st century...and wonder, 'where next?'

The song: 'Communicating, communicating'

Song: 'Communicating, communicating' (vocal)
Song: 'Communicating, communicating' (backing)

The song is an energetic exploration of 20th century mass communications.

Once you have learnt the song by singing with vocal version polish your performance by singing with the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.

Listening music

The opening of 'Also sprach Zarathustra' by Richard Strauss (Apollo mission music)

The opening of 'Also sprach Zarathustra' by Richard Strauss

This is the music used by the BBC for the Apollo launches in the 1960/70s and also the film '2001 - A space odyssey'.

How would the children describe the music?

Can they say why this might be good music for showing a rocket taking off for space?


Teacher's Notes
Meet the famous people
Lyric sheets for pupils
Lyrics - Communicating, communicating
Music - Communicating, communicating
An early television - children watch an early black and white television

More from this series

6. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Haydn - part 1
7. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Haydn - part 2
8. Stephenson, Anning, Brunel and Queen Victoria