Lesson 3: Layered graphic score

Pupils identify different layers within a piece of music, based on the myth of Orpheus and Euridice, and then show these layers on a graphic score.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To write a graphic score to show texture

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be given access to the video on a tablet or computer so they can watch as many times as they need to.

Pupils working at greater depth: Ask these pupils targeted questions about the graphic score, for example, ‘Which part of the music is this symbol describing?’

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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