Lesson 2: Picturing music

Building on their knowledge of a graphic score, children focus on colours to create a visual representation of pieces of music.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To represent a piece of music as a graphic score

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might need the opportunity to view other groups’ graphic scores during the activity and will be working in mixed ability groupings.


Pupils working at greater depth: should use musical terminology throughout to describe the music they are listening to.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress 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 SolutionsĀ® Limited, helping teachers…
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