Lesson 4: Motif development

Experimenting with rhythm, note order and even the notes themselves, children develop their motifs from the previous lesson.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To develop and transpose a musical motif

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Understand and use staff and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should stick to notes from the example motif given in point 1 on the Activity: Motif development, moving up by four notes so that they do not need to use sharp or flat notes.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can use their own instruments for the activity (if they are having instrumental lessons) and/or can carry out the extension activity in Activity: Motif development.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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