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Building Bricks - Cover and Homework Activities Pack


A selection of activities based on the Musical Contexts Building Bricks (Exploring the Elements of Music) unit which can be set as homework tasks or left for cover, especially  sui-table for non-specialist cover or supply teachers.  Includes key words word searches, designing an “Elements of Music” poster, an Elements Acrostic, suggesting how the Elements of Music could be used in a Haunted Castle storyboard and Graphic Scores comprehension.   Includes suggested answers.

Hooks and Riffs- Cover and Homework Activities Pack


A selection of activities based on the Musical Contexts Hooks and Riffs (Exploring Repeated Musical Patterns) unit which can be set as homework tasks or left for cover, especially  sui-table for non-specialist cover or supply teachers.  Includes Hooks and Riffs in Popular Music, Ostinato Word Search, Creating a Verbal Hook and a Hooks and Riffs Key Words Crossword.  Includes suggested answers.

Music Festival-based Cover Work

My Music-based Cover Work

Music Puzzles Packs

Internet Research Music Cover Work

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“DOITNOW”, “Plenary” & “5-min Reading” Bank






Musical Spellings

Pupils will require a Dictionary or access to computers/internet to correct some commonly misspelled musical words, together with giving “musical” definitions.

George’s Bad Day

Pupils decipher the missing words in a story, using treble clef staff notation with an extension task of identifying and creating their own story using treble clef staff notation to replace some of the words. 

Contemporary Music-Making Internet Research

An internet research activity where pupils investigate the names of famous musical performers, groups and ensembles from a wide range of different musical styles within contemporary music-making. 

Instruments of Jazz and Pop

An internet research activity where pupils identify the musical instruments played by 18 famous jazz and pop musicians

Musical Signs and Symbols

Two sets of 24 musical signs and symbols for pupils to research, name and describe.  Good for GCSE Music, as a Summer Holidays research task or a revision of music notation.




Popular Music Quizzes Pack

A range of 12 ’internet research’ activities based on Popular Music including ’Singers and Backers’, ’First Lines from Popular Songs’, ’Boy Bands’, ’Rock and Pop Names’ and ’Novelty Records’ (answers provided).




Music Puzzles Pack 1

The first in a series of “Music Puzzles”, this pack contains a word search relating to songs and singing, a musical instrument crossword/acrostic and a musical signs and symbols Sudoku (answers provided!)




Music Festivals in the UK Research

Pupils research UK Music Festivals in terms of types/genres of music, location, age, time of year and ticket prices.  Requires ICT  for internet research and optional extension tasks.

Planning your own

Music Festival

Pupils plan their own Music Festival considering a variety of requirements including location and venue, artists and bands, catering and security and design a “site plan” of their Festival. 

Can be done using ICT or without.

Music Festival Set Times & Line-Up

Following on from “Planning your own Music Festivals”, pupils put together their “Set Times & Line-Up” list for the stages or performance areas in their Music Festival. 

Can be done using ICT or without.






My Top Ten Playlist

Pupils create their own “Top Ten Playlist” for Spotify or iTunes giving names/titles and artist/bands/composers/groups, together with a reason for their choice of songs or music for a variety of situations and stimuli with an extension task of designing a CD cover which could be used to this “compilation” album.

Can be done without ICT.

My Music

Similar to “My Top Ten Playlist”, pupils identify and explain their reasoning for their choices of Top 3 favourite and worst songs of all time.  Also their best music performance and funniest music performance ever seen/watched. 

Can be done using ICT (includes space for a YouTube link) or without. 

The Best Album in the World Ever!

Pupils plan 12 tracks of their choosing to form a “Best Album in the World Ever!” CD from a choice of Dance, R ‘n’ B, Rock, Boy Bands, Girl Bands or Pop, before designing an album cover and CD-insert

Can be done without ICT.

Promoting Popular Music

Pupils plan a presentation to a record company to promote their rise to fame!  Includes designing a band name and identity, band members fashion, debut album, promotional merchandise and tour information.

Can be done without ICT.

Pop Band Logos

Pupils identify things they like and dislike about 12 famous pop band logos before designing their own effective logo for their own pop music band.

Can be done without ICT.






My Top 3 Songs

Pupils identify their “Top 3 Songs” for a number of situations including their “Top 3” Love Songs, Gym/Workout Songs, Driving Songs, Chill Songs, Feel Good Songs, Sad Songs, Catchy Songs, Songs from Films and Most Annoying Songs!

Can be done without using ICT.