Lesson 3: Indian music: Adding a drone

Children build on their group compositions from the previous lesson, adding a repeated background note known as a drone

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


Pupils needing extra support: Might need to use stickers on the notes that they need for the rag.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should consider how to play in time with the drone.

Should experiment with a louder or quieter drone.

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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