Year 6 Music 16th May

Great to see you all yesterday! Could you send me answers to my questions, for this and last week’s blog (with your names) to: [email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Hello Year 6, I hope you enjoyed my blog about children and music in the 1940’s.

The one thing I did forget to mention was the fact that there was always music making in the home at this time. My grandparents told me that everyone had a piano in their house, and they would play and sing together all the time….what a fabulous way to pass the time…..!

I really enjoyed looking at Mrs Gillhouley’s maths blog about coding and it made me realise that actually reading music is a form of coding if you think about it. Musical notation is a form of interpreting different lengths of sound.

There is a detective series on TV called ‘Morse’.

Inspector Morse Theme

The theme tune was written by an Australian composer called Barrington Pheloung, who used a Morse code motif (a short riff that is repeated throughout) for the letters that spelt the name M.O.R.S.E.

Sometimes apparently Pheloung’s music would even reveal the name of the killer in Morse code, or sometimes the name of another character (as a red herring).

Some composers and music writers have used it in their music, for example, Pink Floyd ( English rock band), used Morse code as backing in several of their songs.


Write down the Morse code for M.O.R.S.E., then try and clap this as a rhythm while listening to the theme tune above.


Finally, take your initials, for example mine would be J.H. (. – – –  . . . .)

See if you can clap or play the rhythm against another piece of music of your choice.

-If we applied Morse code to the ‘Doctor Who’ theme tune we looked at 2 weeks ago, which letters would it use….?


Through time, other composers have used a code to write their music, using the 7 letters of the musical alphabet.


J.S.Bach (1685-1750) wrote a piece of music for keyboard based on the 4 letters of his name.

B in German means Bb, and H is taken as B natural, so the notes he used for his theme, were Bb – A – C – Bnatural.  It’s a fabulous piece.


Edward Elgar (1857-1934) an English composer, wrote a set of variations (Enigma Variations) for orchestra using the names of many of his friends as motifs, but there is one variation that was a secret, and no one is really sure who it was.


An idea…..Maybe try and write a code into a rhythmic or notated phrase and send it to me…. It only needs to be very short……


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