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Different Voices in Harmony (summer transition project)


  1. Overview
  2. What we provide
  3. Benefits of the project
  4. Using the project as part of your Ofsted evidence
  5. Song list
  6. Contact


Different Voices in Harmony is a summer transition project to help pupils go from year 6 to year 7.

This year, we have also got funding from Arts Council England to provide extra support for year 6 children.

This project is aimed at schools however, all resources and some elements of the project are available to parents and carers of home-schooled children.

What we provide

We will provide a small group of songs, with parts, lyrics and backing tracks so pupils arrive in year 7 with some songs to sing together.

Across 6 dates in July, we 'll bring a live showband to different cultural venues across South Tyneside. The band will include harmony vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.

Schools can book to come along to sing the songs with the band as part of an hour-long show.

Cultural venues will also provide a 'taster' experience for the pupils.

Schools can also choose to come to the afternoon or evening public show at the South Shields Amphitheatre, which will feature the transition songs too. Families / friends are welcome at the Amphitheatre shows.

There are no charges to schools, we have funding in place for the musical activities and the tasters at the cultural venues. However, schools will need to staff the visit and pay for their own transport.

This year we can also provide (subject to availability):

  • Visiting vocal coaches for schools who would like some help to prepare the songs or learn some harmony parts
  • A 'Come and Sing' session where teachers, support staff and volunteers working in schools can learn the songs and harmonies with the band
  • A set of learning videos for children to use at home too

Benefits of the project

  • Participation in the joint project helps evidence building the 'cultural capital' of year 6 children
  • You can use one of these songs to take part in National Music Day (21 June 2022), for more information see Make Music Day
  • Songs in the show link to themes from, or are part of, the Model Music Curriculum
  • Singing with harmonies is a strong 'end point' focus for year 6 singing
  • Progression - 'Twist and Shout' is focus work for year 7 and 'Waterloo Sunset' is on the year 7 repertoire list, so children are ready for a confident start in their music lessons next year

Using the project as part of your Ofsted evidence

Below is some guidance if you are planning to use this project as part of your Ofsted evidence (for music, wellbeing, progression, transition or cultural capital):

  • At recent briefings for music, Ofsted have expressed that they like to see recorded 'live' evidence of progress. They don't expect perfect, fully edited videos, just simple phone capture is fine
  • Video the pupils' reactions when they start out by listening to the songs, when they are learning different sections, when they become more confident and the final performance
  • If you're coming to one of the performances at our cultural venues, try to get interviews with pupils about their experience of the show and the venue

Song list

The songs represent the transition from early 1960s to the 1970s and make a good basis for secondary pop music studies.

Two focus on friendships which are very suitable for transition.

They all feature harmony singing but some are more difficult than others. Below is some guidance on how to learn the songs:

  • Schools where Year 6 would struggle with harmony singing: learn the main melody of the songs, try to come along to one of the shows where pupils will get the experience of singing in the middle of lots of harmonies with the live band.
  • Schools wanting to try the harmonies: choose one of the harmonies (you don't have to do both). Each song has parts recorded separately so you can choose one.
  • Experienced 'singing' schools: the tracks / demos for all the songs and harmonies are available below. You can use them in class, in choir and put links on your website.

If you're coming to a live show, we will also be teaching harmonies for 'Shotgun' and A 'Elephant's Foot' on the day, so everyone will experience those too.

Twist and Shout - The Beatles

The easiest one to tackle, there's only a couple of phrases to learn.

Good for a discussion about protecting your voice.


Sing along videos:

Twist and Shout - All vocals sing along

Twist and Shout - Part 1 sing along

Twist and Shout - Part 2 sing along

Twist and Shout - Part 3 sing along

Music sheet:

Twist and Shout music sheet

Backing track:

Twist and Shout - backing track


Twist and Shout by The Beatles - Lyrics

With a Little Help from my Friends - The Beatles

Slightly more challenging but again, only three main phrases to learn.

Good example of call and response singing, or achieving a good tone i.e., not shouting


Sing along videos:

With a Little Help from my Friends - All vocals sing along

With a Little Help from my Friends - Part 1 sing along

With a Little Help from my Friends - Part 2 sing along

With a Little Help from my Friends - Part 3 sing along

Music sheet:

With a Little Help from my Friends music sheet

Backing track:

With a Little Help from my Friends - backing track


With a Little Help from my Friends by The Beatles - Lyrics

You've got a Friend - James Taylor

Our version is slightly simpler than the original, so use our version to teach the song.

Harmonies are more challenging in this song, good example of 'legato' (smooth) vocals.


Sing along videos:

You've got a Friend - All vocals sing along

You've got a Friend - Part 1 sing along

You've got a Friend - Part 2 sing along

You've got a Friend - Part 3 sing along

Music sheet:

You've got a Friend music sheet

Backing track:

You've got a Friend - backing track


You've got a Friend by James Taylor - Lyrics

Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

The original is in a high key for children, so our version is lower - use our version to teach the song.

Melody has a wide range so you may want to split it into groups, taking a phrase each, with the third one each time suiting lowest voices. 

Harmonies are easy and there's a big choice to suit the different ranges.


Sing along videos:

Waterloo Sunset - All vocals sing along

Waterloo Sunset - Part 1 sing along

Waterloo Sunset - Part 2 sing along

Waterloo Sunset - Part 3 sing along

Waterloo Sunset - Part 4 sing along

Music sheet:

Waterloo Sunset music sheet

Backing track:

Waterloo Sunset - backing track


Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks - Lyrics


For further information about performance dates, the Come and Sing session and Cultural Venue availability please contact Lynn Freer

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