Lesson 2: Dixieland

Learning about the Dixieland style of music, pupils improvise a call and response in time with the music

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To improvise a call and response

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should play the response part and keep it simple. When they are learning the whole tune, they can just play the first two lines if they are struggling.



Pupils working at greater depth: Should work alone and then play the response as well as the tune. If possible, get them to play the response in a different octave to their original tune.

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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