Music: Teacher skills videos

Develop your subject knowledge of key areas of the music curriculum, including the interrelated dimensions of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and notation, and composition.

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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

Composing and Improvising (LKS2)

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

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

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

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

Percussion instruments (all key stages)

Information for teachers on percussion instruments

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)

Pulse and Rhythm (all key stages)

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

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

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

Singing (UKS2)

Developing pupils' singing, by learning to sing in parts

Tempo (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

Structure (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