Lesson 4: Composing a break

In their instrumental groups, pupils compose a verse or ‘break’ which will form part of the performance in the final lesson

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To compose a basic rhythmic break

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • 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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should play the less technically demanding instruments as set up in ‘Lesson 3: Samba rhythms’.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should lead the composition of the break and ensure the rest of the group play in time.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression 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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