Lesson 4: Texture and structure: Coral reef

Using layering to imitate the different textures of a coral reef

Learning objective

  • I can explain what texture and structure are  


National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils with secure understanding indicated by: Able to perform a layer of the music within the overall piece. 


Pupils working at greater depth indicated by: Can explain how we used texture in our coral reef music and why it is important to have a structure to our piece of music.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Elizabeth Stafford,  
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After a brief spell as an opera singer, Liz embarked on a 20-year career in music education, teaching at early years, primary and secondary. After Liz had her daughter, she started her own business Music Education Solutions® Limited, helping teachers…
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