Composer of the Month

At John Perry we think it is vital for our children to engage with a wide range of music, through listening, composing, singing, playing and exploring music through cultures, religion and periods of time.

We think Music should be explored through the act of making and listening to music as well as art, drama and story. It is a great subject to improve mental health and join people of all different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

At John Perry we like to learn about the composers, who create great pieces and discuss their similarities, differences to other pieces we have heard and the stories they are trying to tell.


Below is a table showing all the composers and specially selected pieces of their music work that we will be covering this year. See below for ways in which you can join in at home and explore music.


Heitor Villa-Lobos – Bachianas brasileiras No. 2, The Little Train of the Caipira (finale)


Mason Bates – Anthology of Fantastic Zoology – Sprite; A Bao A Qu


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker – Waltz of the Flowers; Russian Dance


Gabriel Prokofiev – Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (5th movement)


Johann Sebastian Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor


Aaron Copland – Rodeo – Hoe-Down


Igor Stravinsky – The Firebird — suite (1911) (Finale)


Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending


Jean Sibelius – Finlandia


Henry Purcell – Abdelazer – Rondeau


Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E minor, ‘From the New World’ – Largo (2nd mvt)


Edvard Grieg – In the Hall of the Mountain King from ‘Peer Gynt’

For Each Composer of the month, here are some suggested ideas for celebrating the composer and piece of music of the month:

  • Use the following links to BBC Ten pieces to explore possible activities.

  • Find a quiet place and closed your eyes while listening to the piece of music.

  • Create a dance to the music.

  • Using different media create a piece of art work related to the music, a sound scape or image that It makes you think of.

  • Write down all the feeling that the music makes you feel and why you feel them.

  • Research the composer and create a fact file or biography about them.

  • Research other pieces of music that that composer has created. Are they similar/different?

  • Try to recreate a section of music from the song, using instruments you have (or ones you have made).