Lesson 3: Walking bass line

Using glockenspiels or keyboards, pupils learn to play a rock and roll bass line

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To play a walking bass line on tuned percussion

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.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could play the simplified walking bassline instead. Place coloured sticky dots on the relevant notes to create a visual reminder of which notes to play.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should play the whole of both sections without notation in time with the music.

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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