Hello everyone. Here are all the Explore the Orchestra learning resources files that you need for James Redwood’s fantastic participatory song I Wanna Dance! and his body percussion piece Dance of the Night.

Music Parts, Lyrics and Audio Tracks

Click on the links on the right to download audio files and music parts.

Tutorial Videos

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Physical warm up

Vocal warm up

I Wanna Dance!

Makaton signing teaching video

Full run of song with Makaton signing

Dance of the Night (Body Percussion, Recorder and Ukulele)

Body Percussion teaching video

Body Percussion full run

Instrumental (recorder and ukulele) teaching video

Full run of song with recorder and ukulele accompaniment

Dvořák Slavonic Dance

Choreography teaching video

Full run of piece with choreography

Please feel free to find a recording of this piece at a slower tempo on YouTube/Spotify to practice to. The orchestra will be performing this piece at a slower tempo during the concert.

Further Learning Resources

What is Makaton?

Exploring the Orchestra

General Orchestra Resource
Getting to know the Orchestra
Orchestra Layout – Labels
Orchestra Layout – Blank
Orchestra Layout Instructions

Exploring the instruments

Brass Playing Techniques
Further Brass Listening
Name the Brass instruments

Further Strings Listening
Name the String Instruments
String Playing Techniques

Further Woodwind Listening
Name the Woodwind Instruments
Woodwind Playing Techniques

Further Percussion Listening
Name the Percussion Instrument
Percussion Playing Techniques and Terms

Further Learning

Notes on the Programme
Breathing Activity
Composer Information
Counting with Notes