Lesson 5: Musical vocabulary

Consolidating understanding of the key musical vocabulary from the unit

Learning objective

  • I understand key musical vocabulary: dynamics, pitch, pulse, rhythm, structure, tempo, texture, timbre


National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils with secure understanding indicated by: Able to define all the musical terms from this unit. 


Pupils working at greater depth indicated by: Ability to independently explain how each musical term can be used for effect

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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