Music

Teacher Skills

Our Teacher Skills break down key musical concepts and techniques that are pervasive across the curriculum and relevant to most lessons in each year. Brush up before you kick off each term!

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  • Composing and Improvising (KS1)

    At KS1, pupils experiment with sound - creating, selecting and combining sounds in preparation for composing and improvising in KS2

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  • Composing and Improvising (LKS2)

    Children move on from exploring sounds in KS1, towards making music, working on the structural aspects of composing and improvising

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  • Composing and Improvising (UKS2)

    Having mastered the basics of creating music, children learn to include the interrelated dimensions of music to create a particular effect and compose across variety of music genres

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  • Dynamics (all key stages)

    Explore the meaning of dynamics, including the Italian terms to describe the louds and softs of music, and ideas for lesson starters

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  • Notation (KS1)

    Notation is not a requirement at KS1 but using ‘graphic scores’ to represent musical ideas as a sequence of pictorial symbols will prepare children for the more formal notation work at KS2

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  • Percussion Instruments (all key stages)

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  • Pitch (all key stages)

    Explore how pitch refers to how high or low a note is and clarify the difference between this and dynamics (volume)


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  • Pulse and Rhythm (all key stages)

    Help children to identify the difference between pulse and rhythm within music

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  • Singing (KS1)

    Learn how to teach singing with confidence using a combination of ‘copyback’ and ‘patterning’ techniques to develop an enjoyment of singing in your pupils

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  • Singing (LKS2)

    At LKS2 you may experience a reluctance to sing from some children, follow these tips to get your pupils to 'pitch-match' and sing confidently

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  • Singing (UKS2)

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  • Structure (all key stages)

    Described as the number of sections within a piece of music, an understanding of structure will ensure you can help your class create a piece of music which is more than one long line of notes

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  • Tempo (all key stages)

    Learn how tempo - the speed of the music - can change within a piece of music, and the terminology to describe different tempi


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  • Tuned and Untuned Instruments (all key stages)

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