Lesson 5: Group composition

Working in groups, children compose a piece of music that uses dynamics and timbre to reflect an emotion, first choosing and playing their instruments and then making decisions about the structure and sound of the piece before rehearsing and performing.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To use timbre and dynamics in musical composition

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


Preparation for KS2:

  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Group these children together as a focus group for the teacher or teaching assistant to work with.

Pupils working at greater depth: These pupils can add extra dynamics or sections to their music, and layer more sounds on top of each other.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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