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The Flying Dutchman Learning Resource

Welcome to our Flying Dutchman Learning Resource.

This is a unit of work designed for KS3 Students centred around The Sailor's Chorus from Wagner's 1843 Opera, The Flying Dutchman.

The main focus of the unit involves dramatic singing - having the students become the characters in this part of the opera, a group of sailors singing together. The project includes performing, listening, creating and arranging activities and over these pages you will find all the materials necessary to deliver this scheme of work in your class.

At the end of the unit the class will have prepared a performance of their own arrangement of The Sailor’s Chorus inspired by the materials contained in this resource.
This resource includes:

  •  An arrangement of the Sailor’s Chorus suitable for adolescent voices
  •  A scheme of work linked to the outcomes of the KS3 Music National Curriculum
  •  A range of backing tracks at various tempos
  •  A composing challenge for the students
  • Additional classroom material exploring sea shanty work songs
  • Links to additional useful resources

A CPD supports this resource focussing on healthy, dramatic singing techniques for the classroom.


Teacher's Pack

Download our Teacher Pack to have full access to the scheme of work including lesson plans.

The Sailor's Chorus Score

Click here to download the score of the Sailor's Chorus.

Backing Tracks

In this section you will find all the backing tracks necessary for the project as well as an audio and video recording of the Sailor's Chorus.

Watch or listen to the Sailor's Chorus

Find a link to a film and audio file of the Sailor's Chorus.

Additional Material

Here we link to some of additional resources, including the wordsheet, to add to your understanding of The Flying Dutchman.