June 17, 2020
Fete de la Musique – World Music day is an annual music celebration started in France in 1982 and which now takes places in 125 countries and 1000 cities across the world on 21st June. Make Music Day is the UK’s contribution and aims to turn the country into a stage and enable performers the opportunity to develop their musical skills. With social distancing measures in place in the UK, the day is moving online and there are lots of ways to get involved. You can find out more on their website.
Purple Mash has a wealth of resources for you to celebrate and take part in Make Music Day either in school or at home. Why not start with our brand-new music platform – Busy Beats!
Using synths, samples and playing loops, children can be a DJ or music producer. Busy Beats enables children to experiment with textures, pitch and melody to create their own beats. We have set up a Busy Beats Display board where pupils can upload their creations to inspire others with creating their own beats.
2Explore is perfect for KS1 students and allows pupils to play and record simple melodies by clicking on the instruments. There is also 2Sequence where you can drag and drop sounds into the grid, exploring harmony and building up musical scores. 2Beat can also be used to teach rhythm and pulse by building up various beats. You can set all these applications as 2Do’s within Purple Mash, perfect with a theme to get pupils to create their own music for Make Music Day.
Alongside the musical applications, pupils could also test their musical knowledge with our Instruments Database Quiz or our Music Quiz. Why not get pupils to create their own Music Quiz for Make Music day, on a musical topic of their choice! Pupils can also research famous musicians and use our Mashcams to become a famous singer or guitarist.
For Year 6, the end of year is totally different this year and they may not be having the ‘normal’ end of year party but that does not mean they can’t put their playlists together. You could use our Year 6 leavers’ disco template for children to share their favourite tunes with their classmates. A whole school blog could also be set up for Make Music Day with pupils and teachers sharing their favourite piece of music – it could become an amazing lockdown playlist!
Whatever you do for Make Music Day we would love to hear and see your work, don’t forget to add your Busy Beats to our Display board, you can also share your work on Twitter @2SimpleSoftware or @PurpleMash, or on Facebook @2SimpleUK.