Listening and responding is one of my favourites for music lessons. Children can respond to music in so many ways!

  • Movement
  • Drawing (draw what you think of when you hear the piece of music)
  • Create a graphic score
  • Writing about it (how does the music make you feel/write a story based on the piece of music)
  • Comparing

Below you’ll find a selection of pieces that I’ve used myself or other teachers have recommended for listening and responding (perfect for distance teaching and learning)

Please note – some of the videos for these pieces of music may not be suitable for your class. I’ve included them as I feel the music is great/good discussion points/good for comparing/contrasting but teacher discretion is advised.

Flight of the Bumblebee

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Siamsa – Lord of the Dance


Carnival of the Animals

The Planets

Radetzsky March

Viennese Musical Clock

Dum Dumda Diddle

The Butterfly

Ennio Morricone – TheGood, the Bad and the Ugly

Einaudi – I Giorni

Vitamin String Quartet – Bad Guy

2 Cellos – Pirates of the Caribbean

Statues – Alexandre Desplat

Time – Hans Zimmer

My Favourite Things (Pentatonix)

My Favourite Things – Julie Andrews



Tolu Makay and the RTE Concert Orchestra – N17

Irish Women in Harmony – Dreams

Feather Theme – Alan Silvestri

Mr. Moustafa – Alexandre Desplat