Lesson 4: Indian music: Introducing the tal

Children explore the different pitches and timbres that can be made using drums and add rhythm to their group compositions

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To create a piece of music using a drone, rag and tal

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


Remember in music, 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: Help them identify three different sounds on the drums and allocate the tal sounds to the different parts from the drum.


Pupils working at greater depth: Get them to think about how to start and how to play together consistently.

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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