Lesson 3: Pitch and tempo: Faster than a speeding bullet

Pupils develop their superhero theme tunes by adding tempo changes to make them sound more exciting.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand the concept of tempo

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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 and tempo)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: You can clap along, gradually increasing the speed of your clap so they can match their music to your clap.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be grouped together, and challenged to slow down gradually (rallentando) after they have got up to their top speed.

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 teachers…
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