Ten Pieces at Home

Below you will find weekly activities for primary schools, home educators and parents to share with their students. Each includes a Ten Pieces film to watch and enjoy and a linked creative activity that can be completed by children at home without any special materials or preparation! A perfect, simple and easy way to keep listening, enjoying and creating music at this time.

For some additional simple ideas to help you stay musical at home, read our recent "Get Creative with Classical Music at Home" article.

Ten Pieces at Home Showcase!

This week: Explore beginnings with Beethoven...

This week it's all about beginnings and Beethoven with one of the most famous motifs in musical history! This is the final week of Ten Pieces at Home before we hand over the (conductors) baton to BBC Proms at Home.

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Join Barney Harwood in exploring the music of Beethoven and one of the most famous motifs in musical history. (It has even been used in pop songs!)

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Doctor Who composer Segun Akinola explores beginnings and sets a creative challenge based on Beethoven’s famous opening and the start of the BBC Proms.

Finally...

Upload your creative response to the Ten Pieces website for a chance to feature in our online showcase and on the BBC Proms website.

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Week eleven: Get moving and create turntable inspired choreography with Sadler's Wells…

Using movements and gestures inspired by Gabriel Prokofiev's ‘Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra’; join dancer Jordan Douglas, in association with Sadler’s Wells, in creating your own table-top dance!

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Join Clara Amfo and Gabriel Prokofiev as they take a ride through Gabriel's mind to see how he composed his Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra!

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Learn a table top dance sequence with dancer and choreographer Jordan Douglas and create your own gestures inspired by turntables.

Finally...

Ask an adult to help you upload your dance performance for a chance to feature in the Ten Pieces online showcase.

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Week ten: Create a news bulletin with the help of CBBC's Newsround...

Write and present a news bulletin about the life and work of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges using tips from CBBC Newsround presenter Hayley Hassall.

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Discover the music of Joseph Bologne, the first classical composer of African ancestry. Naomi Wilkinson explores the extraordinary story of a composer who took Paris by storm.

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Using these handy journalism tips from Newsround's Hayley Hassall; write and present a news story about Joseph Bologne’s life and achievements.

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Ask an adult to help you upload your news story or broadcast for a chance to feature in the Ten Pieces online showcase.

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Week nine: Write your own story inspired by a mythical creature...

Children’s author Ivan Brett guides you in conjuring up your own story and mysterious character. Let the music of Mason Bates, played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra; inspire you in your writing.

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Learn about Mason Bates’ A Bao A Qu from his Anthology of Fantastic Zoology! Author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay explores how his music can inspire creative ideas and powerful pictures in our imaginations.

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Join Ivan Brett as you imagine your very own mythical creature and story alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra. What does your character look like? How do they move? What problems do they face?

Finally...

Ask an adult to help you upload your story, artwork or book cover for a chance to feature in the Ten Pieces online showcase.

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Week Eight: Learn and perform Cuban rhythms inspired by Bernstein's 'Mambo'...

Learn Cuban rhythms, create a kitchen percussion section and perform along to the lively ‘Mambo’ from 'West Side Story' with percussionist Stephen Whibley from the BBC Concert Orchestra.

First...

Watch Pixie Lott as she explores romance and revenge in Bernstein's Cuban-inspired piece Mambo from West Side Story.

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Join BBC Concert Orchestra percussionist Stephen Whibley as he shows you how to create a Cuban Mambo in your kitchen!

Finally...

Get an adult to help you upload your percussion extravaganza for a chance to feature in the Ten Pieces at Home online showcase.

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Week Seven: Illustration inspired by Stravinsky's 'The Firebird'

Create a picture inspired by the mythical firebird alongside author and illustrator James Mayhew and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

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Watch Claudia Winkelman as she discovers the magical story that inspired Stravinsky’s soaring music.

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See how illustrator James Mayhew uses Stravinsky’s dazzling music performed by BBC NOW to inspire him to draw – watch what he does and then create your own fantastic illustration.

Finally...

Ask an adult to help you upload your artwork to the Ten Pieces website for a chance to have it featured in the Ten Pieces online showcase!

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Week six: Create your own 3D sculpture...

Get arty with Amy Leung as she shows you how to create your own 3D sculpture inspired by Anna Clyne’s Night Ferry!

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Watch Doc Brown as he plunges into the darkest depths of the ocean with Anna Clyne's stormy Night Ferry. Discover how she composed her music by picking up a paint brush instead of writing music notes on paper!

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Using materials you might find around your home, follow artist Amy Leung's step-by-step guide on how to create a sculpture using Night Ferry to inspire shapes, patterns and textures .

Finally..

Ask an adult to help you upload a photo of your sculpture to the Ten Pieces website for a chance to have it featured in the Ten Pieces online showcase!

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Week five: Things are getting dramatic!

Become a mythical warrior and practice your acting skills with a drama workshop inspired by Ride of the Valkyries from Wilhelm Richard Wagner’s opera Die Walküre.

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Watch the Ride of the Valkyries introductory film and find out more about Wagner’s epic opera and the mythical Valkyries with Christopher Eccleston.

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Explore the character of a Valkyrie and use the music to inspire your own dramatic theatrical performance. What will your Valkyrie look like? Where will they live?

Finally...

Upload a photo, video or picture of the character you have created. Ask an adult to help you share your work using our Uploader for a chance to have it featured in the Ten Pieces online showcase!

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Week four: Sing with the BBC Singers...

Learn to sing the beautiful melody from Jean Sibelius’s epic piece Finlandia. Members of the BBC Singers will teach you the tune line by line and then sing with you in a virtual choir performance. You can hear the BBC Singers performing on Radio 3's Afternoon Concert every day this week!

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Watch the Ten Pieces introduction film. Naomi Wilkinson explores Sibelius's ode to the vast, majestic landscape of Finland and it's national pride with facts, insight and animation.

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Learn and perform the hymn-like theme that appears towards the end of the piece with the BBC Singers! This is the tune to one of the most important national songs in Finland. You might want to pause and rewind parts of the video to practice each line.

Finally...

Upload your performance or share the words you have written for a chance to have it featured in the Ten Pieces online showcase!

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Week three: Draw a portrait and write a musical memory...

Join Naomi Wilkinson and create a piece of art and writing to connect with someone you love. Draw a picture and share a memory with a friend or family member to show you are thinking of them. This activity is part of the BBC Music and Dementia initiative.

First...

Watch the Ten Pieces introduction film about Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Elgar wrote the variations about his friends, using music to describe people’s characters and creating musical portraits.

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Join CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson and take inspiration from Elgar’s musical portraits. Draw a picture of someone you miss and write about a piece of music that reminds you of them. Send your artwork and music selection to your special person to show they are in your thoughts. You can download the template here or use a blank piece of paper.

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Share your picture and musical memory. Ask an adult to help you share your work using our Uploader for a chance to have it featured in the Ten Pieces online showcase! If you want more ways to use music to connect with friends and family visit the BBC Music Memories website.

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Week two: Tell a story with your very own body percussion music...

Join presenter Lucy Drever and members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as they guide you in building your very own minimalist piece of music. Get creative with body percussion and storytelling, using Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians as inspiration.

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Explore Music for 18 Musicians with CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson and discover the short motifs, beats, pulses and repeating patterns that make Steve Reich’s music so exciting. You can see the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing his music alongside students from The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Get your hands, feet and imaginations ready as we compose our own piece of minimalism! What does the piece remind you of? Can you conjure up a storyline using the music as inspiration?

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Share your drawing with us! Or perhaps you've made something like Lucy suggests in the video? Ask an adult to share your work using our handy Uploader below for a chance to have it featured in the Ten Pieces online showcase!

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Week one: Write a poem inspired by a journey with Simon Mole...

The first Ten Pieces at Home activity gets playful with poetry! Join emcee and poet Simon Mole in creating your very own journey themed poem inspired by Hector Villa-Lobos' music and his train ride through the hot countryside of Brazil.

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Delve into the musical travels of The Little Train of the Caipira; a piece of music written by Heitor Villa Lobos. His music describes a shuddering, juddering steam train chugging through Brazil and carrying the ‘caipira’ or ‘people of the countryside’ off to pick berries in the fields.

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Let your imagination run wild as you follow Simon Mole's step-by-step guide in creating your own poem. Where will you go? What will you see? Who will you meet?

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Share your poems with us! We'd love to know what your imagination has conjured - whether in writing or being read aloud! Perhaps you've drawn a map like Simon mentioned in the video. Ask an adult to share your work using our handy Uploader below for a chance to have it featured on the Ten Pieces website!

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