Lesson 2: Pitch and tempo: Pitch patterns

Using their understanding of pitch, children create a simple superhero theme tune using a low note and a high note

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create a pattern using two pitches

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Play tuned (and untuned) instruments musically
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality (live) and recorded music
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music (pitch)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might need adult support to come up with a name, they can then play a high note and a low note and play a simple rhythm.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to use more than two notes in their patterns.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Elizabeth Stafford,  
Music specialist
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…
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