Key Stage 2 Whole-class instrumental lessons

Whole-class instrumental scheme of 30 lesson plans and accompanying teacher videos for KS2.

About the lessons

In line with the DfE’s 2020 Model Music Curriculum guidance, Kapow Primary’s KS2 whole-class instrumental scheme is a progressive collection of 30 lessons, teacher videos and accompanying staff notation teacher skills videos



Each unit of lessons focusses on music from a different part of the world and features a bespoke piece of music composed specifically for the scheme and includes sheet music, performance and backing tracks.



The lessons are written for tuned percussion instruments because: they are accessible for non-specialists to teach; are effective for learning pitch notation because the note names are written on the bars and are already available in many schools. 


The scheme should be taught in the following order: 


Unit 1: South Africa 

Unit 2: Caribbean 

Unit 3: South America 

Unit 4:  Indonesia

Unit 5: India

Unit 6: North America


All the music in this unit was specially composed for Kapow Primary by the talented Kay Charlton

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Instrumental lessons

Unit 1: South Africa (Instrumental lessons)

Whole-class instrumental lessons on tuned percussion. This South Africa-themed unit develops pupils’ rhythmic, singing and notation skills.

Unit 2: Caribbean (Instrumental lessons)

Learning about the history and features of Calypso music, performing a calypso style song with voices and tuned percussion in multiple parts and playing from staff notation.



Unit 3: South America (Instrumental lessons)

Learning about the history and features of Latin America music, performing a salsa style song and playing from staff notation; performing a mini carnival using a range of performance techniques including song, dance, tuned and untuned musical instruments.

Unit 4: Indonesia (Instrumental lessons)

Discovering the features of gamelan music including the Slendro scale and cyclical rhythmic patterns, identifying traditional gamelan instruments, learning about the concept of an octave, exploring how different timbres are used in gamelan music.



Unit 5: India (Instrumental lessons)

Learning and understanding the history and key features of Bollywood films, how ambient sounds can be used to enhance a film score, practicing staff notation and performing a film sequence using instruments and movement.

Unit 6: North America (Instrumental lessons)

Exploring minimalism and the music of composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, children learn to identify music features such as interlocking patterns and layered textures. They learn to sing and play the piece ‘Interlocking patterns’ as they apply their skills reading staff notation and playing tuned percussion.