Secondary/Key Stage 3 Unit - Fanfares!

Learning, Listening, Composing & Evaluating Activities
Starter & Plenary Activities
Supporting Activities - Cover & Homework
Performing Activities - Songs & Scores

Exploring Music for

Special Occasions

This unit begins by exploring the history, origins and various uses of Fanfares.  Pupils explore instruments suitable for performing Fanfares and learn about the Harmonic Series, using this to perform a traditional military Fanfare - “The Last Post”.  Pupils explore the concept of musical imitation and how this often features in Fanfares, performing and listening to different Fanfares which use this device.  Finally, pupils respond to a commission to write a Fanfare for the opening ceremony of the Rio  2016 Olympic Games.  They consider factors which affect composers’ response to a commission and explore the contextual and musical features required for writing a piece of music for such a special occasion or event.  Throughout the unit, pupils listen and respond to a variety of Fanfares from different times and places. Element Focus - Pitch, Timbre & Dynamics, Melody & Harmony


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Worksheet 1

Listening to Music for Special Events


(Uses Audio 1)

Worksheet 2 - Listening to

‘Fanfare for the Common Man’

Worksheet 2a - Listening to

‘Fanfare for the Common Man’

(Uses Audio 2)

Worksheet 3

Learning about Fanfares


(Uses Audio 4, 5 & 6)

Worksheet 4

Evaluating The Last Post Performances

Worksheet 5

Listening to Fanfare for All


(Uses Audio 10)






Worksheet 6

Listening to Fanfare for the University of Lancaster

(Uses Audio 11)

Worksheet 7

Listening to Olympic Fanfare


(Uses Audio 12 & 16)

Worksheet 8

Listening to Funeral Music


(Uses Audios 13 & 14)

Worksheet 9

Composing an Olympic Fanfare

Worksheet 10

Fanfare Jigsaws

Composing Sheet








Worksheet 11

Evaluating Olympic Fanfares







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Lesson 1

Exploring Fanfares & The Harmonic Series

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring “The Last Post”

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring Imitation

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lessons 4 & 5

Composing an Olympic Fanfare

Lesson Plans

 4 & 5

Lesson Plans

 4 & 5

Lessons 4 & 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Performing  & Evaluating Olympic Fanfare Compositions

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle




Cover/Homework 1

The Trumpets of Tutankhamen 


(Optional Video 1 & Audio 8)

Cover/Homework 2

Brass Instruments

(Taken from Year 7 Unit 5 - “Instruments of the Orchestra”)

Cover/Homework 3

Music for a Special Occasion Word Search








Audio 3

20th Century Fox Fanfare

Starter/Plenary 1

My Fanfares Learning

Starter/Plenary 2

Brass & Fanfare Instruments Card Sort

Starter/Plenary 3

Comparing Fanfares

(Uses Audio 7)

Starter/Plenary 4

Summarising Fanfares Learning

Starter/Plenary 5

Listening to Fanfares Across the Thames

(Uses Audio 9)

Starter/Plenary 6

Bloom Fanfare for Glenthorne High School

(Uses Audio 15)






Video 2

Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury - Benjamin Britten

(from Royal Opera House & Teaching Music)

Video 3

Introduction to Fanfares- What is a Fanare?

(from Royal Opera House & Teaching Music)

Video 4

Orlando Gough

What is a Fanfare?

(from Royal Opera House & Teaching Music)

Video 5

What makes an effective Fanfare?

(from Royal Opera House & Teaching Music)

Score 7 Five Fanfares- Orlando Gough

Audio 17 Fanfare for David Buck; Audio 18 Fanfare for  Haruki Marukami

Audio 19 Fanfare for Saffron; Audio 20 Fanfare for Talking Heads

Audio 21 Fanfare for South Downs


(from Royal Opera House & Teaching Music)









Starter/Plenary 7

Listening to Coronation Music

(Uses Audio 22)

Starter/Plenary 8

Soldiers Fanfare Rhythm










Score 1

The Harmonic Series

Score 2 - The Last Post for 3 players

Score 3 - The Last Post Listening Score

Score 4 - The Last Post for Transposing Instruments

(Uses Audio 5)

Score 5 - Fanfares to Perform


(Fanfares 1-4 given on MIDI 1-4)

Score 6

Three Part Fanfare using Imitation


(Example on MIDI 5)