Schemes of Work for KS3: Great Composers and Musicians

Links with Key Stage 3 National Curriculum aims → to perform, listen to, review and evaluate the works of the great composers and musicians

Activities include:
  • Applying imagination to pictures and images
  • Guided listening tasks
  • Group performances
  • Composition
  • Use of YouTube videos where performances can be seen as well as heard

Introduce your students to some of the greatest composers and musicians of all time with this fun and fresh approach to KS3 Music. Each resource contains 6 one-hour comprehensive lesson plans, which include a starter, main, plenary and homework task.

Inspire your students!
  • Stimulating worksheets for every lesson
  • Varied activities support different learnings styles
  • Fun music-making tasks bring each topic to life
  • Lessons differentiated for a range of abilities
  • Strong cross-curricular links give context and relevance to classical music within each music period

Effortless delivery!
  • Comprehensive lesson plans – ready to use or adapt to your class’s needs
  • Clear schemes of work closely linked to the KS3 curriculum:
    • Builds on skills and knowledge through performing, composing and listening
    • Uses staff notations accurately and appropriately
    • Develops a deep understanding of music and its history
  • All answers provided – perfect for AfL and speedy peer-assessment


Baroque: Explore the magnificence of music from the Baroque period with composers such as Vivaldi, Purcell, Bach and Handel.

Romantic: Introduce your class to the great composers of the Romantic period, including Mendelssohn, Schubert, Verdi and Elgar.

20th Century: Beyond pop! Acquaint students with the experimentation of twentieth-century art music including composers from Stravinsky to Schoenberg and Copland to Cage.