Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela
The five sets of learning materials tackle a different subject each.
The history of Kneller Hall and the Royal Military School of Music: Music for Morale, Ceremony and Celebration, Music as Communication, and Remembrance.
Within each session you will find links to video interviews specially recorded with veteran and serving Army musicians, and we hope you will enjoy hearing their first-hand testimony which brings to life the rich stories Kneller Hall has to tell. You will also see planned thinking points to stimulate classroom discussions, and task pointers for the activities associated with each session. The activities themselves are located within a separate workbook, and available to you to download and use with your learners – they include individual, pair and group tasks, research and written work, homework and family involvement.
"Music can change the world because it can change people."
Our resources are all provided free of charge, and whilst they remain the intellectual property of Legasee Educational Trust, we would be delighted if you would download, print off, photocopy and use in the way that best suits your learning and teaching styles.
Military musicians and their music
BRITISH ARMY MUSIC – THE GLOBAL GOLD STANDARD
Kneller Hall in Twickenham, West London, is home to the Royal Military School of Music – a world-renowned training college which teaches musicians to be part of the Corps of Army Music, and prepares them to join their regiments to represent the British Army at home and abroad. Playing for their fellow soldiers, dignitaries from across the globe, and members of the public both at home and in areas of conflict throughout the world, these musicians are amongst the finest in the country.
Performing in both friendly and hostile environments, from a grand auditorium via a flashmob village performance to a parade on horseback, they play traditional tunes alongside pop classics, communicating through the common language that is music. Download and learn more about the history of military music in this historic building, and its impact across the UK and the globe.Download
Lesson plan1 Kneller Hall is the third house to have been situated on the land, with property having existed on the site since 1636. The present day building was named Kneller Hall after the renowned court painter Sir Godfrey Kneller who commissioned its building. Briefing notes In this lesson, you will learn more about the history of military music in this impressive building.Download
Music for morale
Lesson plan2 Army musicians are an important part of the regiments to which they belong - musicians support the emotional wellbeing of those they play for in addition to their other duties within the regiment. The investment made by the Ministry of Defence into military music – millions of pounds annually on army music alone - demonstrates how highly this element of the modern army is valued. Briefing notes. In this section we find out about the role music plays in maintaining the morale of the modern army – how has music remained such an important part of military life?Download
Lesson plan3 Military music began as a direct communication tool, with bugle calls composed to deliver specific messages to the troops, but what about indirect communication? How can music be used to break down barriers, to appease and to reach out? People across the globe, both young and old respond to music, so how have the army harnessed its unique power? Briefing notes In this section, we discover how the military uses its regimental bands as a source of influence through the common language of music.Download
Pomp and ceremony
Lesson plan4 No major public event is complete without music, from a school ensemble playing at a local fete to a military band at a royal wedding, music sets the tone of any gathering. Crowds being entertained at Royal Weddings, the sounds of bands playing for royal investitures and all manner of state occasions, the solemnity of a state funeral, memorial and Remembrance services... these all are set to the tune of the appropriate military music, expertly played, evoking a real sense of occasion. Briefing notes In this section, you will find out more about how we use military music to set the mood.Download
Remembrance and the last post
Lesson plan5 Remembrance services take place in the UK on or around the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month every year. The Last Post is a bugle call used within the military which has become synonymous with Remembrance. Its use has changed over the centuries, shifting from signalling the end of the day to sounding at military funerals across the Commonwealth. Briefing notes In this session, you will learn about how the British bugle calls developed and find out more about how we remember those who sacrificed their lives for their country.Download
MEET THE VETERANSWHO APPEAR IN THIS LESSON PLANSEE ALL STORIES
Joyce Aylard was stationed at HMS Pembroke V in North London where she worked on the bombe codebreaker machines trying to decode German Enigma...
Sister Veronica provides a fabulous interview full of fun and detail. She served with the Women’s Royal Naval Service as an Air Mechanic – ‘Engines’ and was attached to the Fle...
Ted Rogers sailed was an apprentice boy when he set sail with the Merchant navy. On his first voyage a U-boat attack changes the course of this life.
John Roche served on HMS Renown throughout most of the war. He gives a fabulous account of himself and provides a fascinating insight to life onboard.
Ted Wells provides a fascinating account of his lengthy spell at sea during WWII. Torpedoed and bombed on numerous occasions he's...
Mervyn Salter gives a great account of his life at sea on HMS Saumerz. Operating in both the Arctic and the Pacific he witnesses more than his fair...
Patricia Massett was a Morse Operator who was stationed at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Her task was to identify individual ships that were passing...
Margery gives an outstanding account of her wartime memories. She was incredibly fortunate to survive the Devonport blitz
Albert provides a great account of his life at sea onboard the Flower-class corvette, HMS Oxslip.
MEET THE VETERANSRELATED TO THIS TEACHING RESOURCESEE ALL STORIES
Discover how a youngster from a very musical family in Ireland makes his way up to Major Shannon, Director of Music in the Irish Guards.
After her military career, Dee Palmer found fame with the band, Jethro Tull. But fame and fortune doesn’t necessarily bring you happiness as Dee reveals in this fascinating interview.
Listen to a collection of 90 high-quality recordings of Field Calls for Mounted Corps and Infantry in camp and quarters.
Maisie Lee was a trumpet player in the band of the Parachute Regiment. She had a stint in Iraq and was present for the official handover of power.
A short film to celebrate the visit to Kneller Hall by the superbly well behaved pupils [and teachers] from Chase Bridge primary school. Thanks very much to the volunteers and veterans [Len Tyler, R
Tom Griffiths started his military career as a boy bandsman in the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and retired as Major, Director of Music, at the Grenadier Guards.
Wendy Lewis details why she wanted to join the WRAC as a musician so she could continue her hobby, the cornet. But as well as a hobby the Army brought her a hubby, a fellow musician.
It some asking but we finally managed to get an interview with Steve. And I'm very glad we did. Steve led the band 26 times – 17 as drum major, something the Army claim is a world record. You can me
Stuart Marsh was a WO1 in the Corp of Army Music. He played the drums for the Blues and Royals for many years and was often on the Drum Horse.