Lesson 2: Indian music: Playing a rag

Pupils read and play given notes then use them to improvise a rag in the style of traditional Indian music

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To be able to improvise using given notes

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • Use and understand stave and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: Use stickers on the notes they need to use to remind them which is which.

 

Pupils working at greater depth: Should improvise for a longer length of time or to try and use the notes in very different orders.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Vocabulary

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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