Lesson 2: Making waves: Pitch and dynamics

Children learn how to improvise as a group, using dynamics and pitch

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To improvise as a group, using dynamics and pitch

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from having a ‘conductor partner’ to build confidence and model this role.

Pupils working at greater depth: Once the groups have completed the two activities, pupils can be challenged to experiment with different ways of making the pitch or dynamics change, or can try to make both change at the same time.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Frecknall,  
Music specialist
Sarah Frecknall is a specialist music teacher, currently working in a primary school teaching music from Nursery to Year 6.  Sarah started her teaching career as a Year 3 class teacher, and her music career as a professional jazz singer,…
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