Lesson 4: Blues scale

Pupils learn to play the Blues scale - up and down.

Learning objective

  • To be able to play the Blues scale

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Add coloured sticky dots to the notes of the Blues scale that need to be played.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should play the Blues scale ascending and then straight back down after.

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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