Lesson 3: Vocal composition

Using abstract images as inspiration, children use the link between colours and music to create their own vocal compositions.

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Learning objective

  • To create a vocal composition based on a picture

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be encouraged to perform a simple vocal sound with lots of repetition.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should use musical terminology throughout and should begin to experiment with layering different sounds to change the texture of their composition.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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