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Score 2 - Pavane

(parts with and without note names & full score)

Audio Example on Audio 4


MIDI 3 - Part 1;     MIDI 4 - Part 2;     MIDI 5 - Part 3;     MIDI 6 - Part 4

MIDI 7 - Part 5;     MIDI 8 - All parts together (with pavane rhythm and 2 bar intro)

Song Sheet 1 - Fa la la la la

Score 1 - Fa la la la la Piano Accopmaniment

MIDI 1 - Fa la la la la song melody

MIDI 2 - Fa la la la la piano accompaniment

Song Example on Audio 1

Song Sheet 2 - Deck the Halls


Song example (a cappella) on Audio 7

Song melody on MIDI 9

Piano Accompaniment on Audio 6

Score 7 - Music for a Grand Procession


Both parts together on MIDI 18

Score 8 - Music for the King’s Entry


MIDI 19 - Part 1;    MIDI 20  - Part 2

MIDI 21 - Parts 1 & 2 together

Score 9 - A Tudor Fanfare

MIDI 23 - all parts together

Audio example on Audio 18

Parts modelled on Audio 19

Song Sheet 3 - Greensleeves


Song example on Audio 20

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The Tudors from Musical Contexts provides a range of fun and exciting music activities and learning opportunities combining singing, performing, composing and listening and appraising with all of the resources you’ll need in one place!  Ideal for non-specialist music teachers (with a wealth of supporting media files to model tasks and a detailed scheme of work and lesson plans) and a wealth of fresh inspiration for music specialists.  This unit has cross-curricular links with the popular primary history topic of The Tudors and The Tudor Period

​This unit takes a historical starting point as a basis for an exploration into Tudor Music.  Pupils begin by learning about Tudor Dance Music and in particular, The Pavane, as a popular Tudor Dance.  Pupils identify its characteristic musical features and rhythms before attempting to dance The Pavane and perform and compose their own modal Pavane melodies over a drone accompaniment.  Pupils then learn about traditional Tudor Musical Instruments before exploring Tudor and Madrigal-style songs with a “fa-la-la” refrain, where they compose their own lyrics to a given melody.  Fanfares are explored briefly before pupils work towards putting on a “Tudor-style Banquet Concert” combining elements of the unit into a class performance.

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Lesson 1

Exploring Tudor Dance Music

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring the Pavane

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring Tudor Musical Instruments

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring Tudor Songs & Madrigals

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Exploring Fanfares for a King

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Exploring a “Tudor-Banquet Concert”

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle







Worksheet 1

Early Musical Instruments


(Uses Audio 3)

Worksheet 2

Composing lyrics for a Madrigal


(Uses Audio 6 & MIDI 9)

Worksheet 3

Listening to Tudor Dance Music


(Uses Audios 5 & 8)

Worksheet 4

Composing a Pavane Melody with Drone Accompaniment

Worksheet 5

Listening to Dance Music from the Court of Elizabeth I


(Uses Audio 14)

Worksheet 6

Music and the Tudor Monarchs







Worksheet 7

Composing a Fanfare for King Henry VIII


(Uses MIDI 22)

Worksheet 8

Tudor Banquet -Concert Evaluation Sheet











Audio 2

Kyng Harry VIII Pavyn

Starter/Plenary 1 - Dancing the Pavane

Video 1 - Pavane Dance Steps

Audio 5 - Pavane Rhythm

(Also uses Audio 2)

Starter/Plenary 2 &

Starter/Plenary 4

Tudor Musical Instruments Card Sorts

Starter/Plenary 3

Who? What? Where? When? Why?

Audio 10

Pavane Op.50 - Gabriel Fauré

Starter/Plenary 5

Drone Musical Instruments Card Sort

(Uses Audio 12)








Audio 13

Sing we and Chant it - Morley

Audio 15

Fanfare for the Common Man

Audio 16

The Prince of Denmark’s March - Jeremiah Clarke

Audio 17

Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke adapted by Henry Wood

Starter/Plenary 6

A Tudor Banquet Concert

Starter/Plenary 7

My Tudor Music Learning


















Score 3 - King Henry VIII Pavan

Score 4 King Henry VIII Pavan Rhythm Score

MIDI 10 - Pavan Melody;     MIDI 11 - Pavan Rhythm Part A

MIDI 12 - Pavan Rhythm Part B;       MIDI 13 - Pavan Rhythm Part C

Audio example on Audio 9

Score 5 - Pavane (Melody, 2 Harmony and Bass Ostinato parts)

Score 6 - Pavane - Full Score

MIDI 14 - Pavane Part 1 Melody;      MIDI 15 - Pavane Part 2 Harmony

MIDI 16 - Pavane Part 3 Harmony;     MIDI 17 - Pavane Bass Ostinato

Audio example with strings introduction on Audio 11