Lesson 1: Introducing traditional Indian music and instruments

Children are introduced to traditional Indian instruments and music, including the key aspects of the tal and the rag

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To explain an opinion of Indian music

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Remember in music, the pupils you might expect to need support may not need it, and those you would class as working at greater depth in other curriculum areas, might need support.


Pupils needing extra support: May need prompting to answer questions, to make them consider what type of sound instruments would make.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to use musical vocabulary in their answers.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Laura Barr,  
Music specialist
In her 14 year teaching career, Laura assumed the role of Music Lead, and was Head of Music in a large secondary school. Laura has a passion for working with children with a disadvantaged background, either through deprivation or disability,…
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