Lesson 3: Following the score

The children use graphic scores to interpret different emotions in film music, make up their own graphic score interpretation and perform it to the rest of the class

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To use graphic scores to interpret different emotions in film music

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • 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: Could be paired with a stronger partner. Several of the scores have circles, so some children could focus on only interpreting the circles section of each graphic score.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to suggest which instruments are represented by each symbol.

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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