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.

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (8767)
'Really good overview of Baroque music! The listening activities are good and varied, including well-known pieces. Good practical activities - both performing and composing. Composing activities for the Baroque period always tend to be based around ground bass so it is nice to see something slightly different with the programmatic tasks... Interesting for pupils and well-planned for teachers.' N Squires, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"This resource is interesting, fun, adaptable with plenty of useful ideas and activities for the busy KS3 Music Teacher. It gives enough detail to create a dependable resource while allowing for the creativity and imagination of colleagues in the classroom. The activities will engage and challenge students and lend themselves to differentiation. Overall a delightful resource." E Russell, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (8768)
'A very interesting and well presented resource. The author is very knowledgeable about the chosen topic and the presentation is smart and professional... It is written with energy and enthusiasm and it is sure to engender a love of the subject in the students. The historical context very welcome... The resources shows consideration for all aspects of Music Teaching, namely notation, performance, written expression and composition. It balances the different requirements well.' E Russell, Teacher and Independent Reviewer