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Building Bricks - DOITNOW (Starters) and Plenary Activities

Building Bricks - “DOITNOW” Presentation


Cutting down on printables, file storage and media files, the “new look” Musical Contexts “DOITNOW” Building Bricks lesson openers Presentation contains  a wealth (only two samples shown here), of effective “DOITNOW’s” when delivering the Building Bricks unit in just one place - all audio and video files are embedded and there’s accompanying Teacher’s Notes in the “slide comments” section. 

Building Bricks - Plenaries


A range of lesson closers and ways in which pupil’s can review their learning and consolidate their skills, knowledge and understanding from within the Building Bricks unit.

Building Bricks - 5 Minutes Silent Reading

For teachers who prefer to begin their lessons with quiet, focused openers.  All contain “Questions to Think About” which can also be used as Cover or Homework tasks.

1. The Building Bricks of Music

2. Pitch

3. Tempo & Duration

4. Dynamics

5. Texture

6. Timbre & Sonority

7. Articulation

Building Bricks/Elements of Music - Cover and Homework Activities

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Building Bricks from Musical Contexts has been designed as a unit of work which can be used during the first term of Year 7 (although not exclusively and may be used or referred back to at any point within a Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum), to allow pupils the opportunity to engage in active music making while exploring how the Elements of Music are used in a range of music from different times and places. 

Pupils learn about Pitch, Dynamics, Duration, Tempo, Texture, Timbre or Sonority, Articulation and Silence and are introduced to Graphic Notation and Graphic Scores through the inter-related musical strands of Performing: Playing and Singing; Creating - Composing and Improvising and Critical Engagement: Listening and Appraising, which will develop pupil’s understanding of the Elements of Music and provide pupils with a foundation of musical vocabulary for use at Key Stage 3 which can be developed for GCSE MusicAs with all of the “new look” Musical Contexts units, Building Bricks contains a number of different “pathways” allowing teachers to use and sequence the resources in whatever order best suits their school, classes and pupils, including time within the final lesson for the Musical Contexts Year 7 Baseline Assessment Listening Test as a way of assessing pupil’s prior knowledge and to gain a better understanding of pupil’s Critical Engagement: Listening and Appraising skills.

Exploring The Elements of Music

Building Bricks - Listening and Appraising Activities

Building Bricks - Composing, Improvising and Evaluation Activities

Building Bricks - Performing Activities - Songs and Scores

Getting Started - First Music Lesson Ideas

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

Building Bricks - Musical Repertoire

Music from the Western Classical Tradition

“Four Sea Interludes” from ‘Peter Grimes’ - Benjamin Britten

“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” - Mozart

“Morning Mood” from ‘Peer Gynt Suite’ - Edvard Grieg


Popular Music

“Children” - Robert Miles

“Music of the Night” from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ - Andrew Lloyd-Webber


World Music

“The High Moon”, “The Flowing Streams”, “The Races”, “Night” - Traditional Chinese Music


Building Bricks - Music Theory

Italian terms relating to Tempo

Italian terms and musical symbols relating to Dynamics and Gradations of Dynamics

Legato and Staccato Articulation markings.


Building Bricks - Links to GCSE Music

Eduqas 2106 GCSE Music (9-1) AoS1 - Musical Forms and Devices (Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910): Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 3rd Movement, Minuet - Mozart


Building Bricks - Links to BBC 10 Pieces

“Storm” Interlude from ‘Peter Grimes’ - Benjamin Britten


OCR AS-Level Music

2019 Set Works






Elements of Music Word Search and Activity Sheet

Pupils fill in the missing words of sentences describing the Elements of Music, the answers of which are given in a word search grid.  Additional tasks include designing a poster on an Element of Music and describing how the Elements of Music could be used in a short storyboard.

Can be done without using ICT.

Elements of Music Word Search 2

Simple word search covering terms relating to the Elements of Music.

Answers provided.

Can be done without using ICT.

Elements of Music Word Search 3

More complex word search covering terms relating to the Elements of Music.  Answers provided.

Can be done without using ICT.

Graphic Scores Comprehension

Reading and questions to test understanding of Graphic Scores and Staff Notation.  Suggested answers provided.

Can be done without using ICT.

An Elements Acrostic

Pupils create an Acrostic to help them remember the Elements of Music (along the lines of “Mad T-Shirt” and “Dr. Smith” etc.)

Can be done without using ICT.