Lesson 2: Playing a chord

Children are introduced to chords, become familiar with those often used in Blues music and play the first line of the 12-bar Blues.

Learning objective

  • To play the first line of the 12-bar Blues

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can play just one note in the chord – in this instance the note C.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can have a go at playing quavers for the chords – so in the space of one bar they will play eight chords instead of four (see the Teacher video: Playing a chord).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress 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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