Y6 Hearing Music in Colour!

Year 6, inspired by the whole school’s paint throwing celebration of Holi today, explored how music can be experienced visually by associating sounds and rhythms with different colours. We learned about Synesthesia and were fascinated by a video representation of how a professional violinist with this condition ‘sees’ the music she plays in flashes of different coloured light. We then all listened to three different pieces of music and held up colour cards to show which colours we associated with what we were listening to. We shared some really thoughtful ideas, using our musical language skills, as to why Morning from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg made many of us think of light green, yellow and pink whereas Saltarello / Tarantella from the Italian Symphony by Mendelssohn made us think of reds and purples.

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