Lesson 1: Introduction to staff notation

Introducing the basic features of staff notation and music from South Africa

Learning objective

  • To identify the basic key features of staff notation

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use and understand staff and other notations
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music
  • Appreciate and understand a 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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Attention grabber

Main event


Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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Elizabeth Stafford,  
Music specialist
After a brief spell as an opera singer, Liz embarked on a 20-year career in music education, teaching at early years, primary and secondary. After Liz had her daughter, she started her own business Music Education Solutions® Limited, helping teachers…
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