Lesson plans

Classroom lesson plans for Ten Pieces III are available below. Explore all of the pieces using six weeks of learning and activities.

These lesson plans are ideal for music lessons, but you can of course use the Ten Pieces in many other subjects and activities. Take a look at our video masterclasses for inspiration.

You can also find lesson plans from the first two years of the project, Ten Pieces I and Ten Pieces II, below.

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Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs. Explore more resources for Kerry Andrew's piece.

Primary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
  • Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland


Secondary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Third and Fourth Level, S1-S3 in Scotland

Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs. Explore more resources for Mason Bates' music.

Primary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
  • Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland

Secondary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Third and Fourth Level, S1-S3 in Scotland

Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs. Explore more resources for Saint-Georges' piece.

Primary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
  • Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland

Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs. Explore more resources for Copland's piece.

Primary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
  • Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland

Secondary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Third and Fourth Level, S1-S3 in Scotland

Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs. Explore more resources for Dvořák's piece.

Primary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
  • Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland

Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs. Explore more resources for Elgar's music.

Primary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
  • Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland

Secondary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Third and Fourth Level, S1-S3 in Scotland

Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs. Explore more resources for Orff's piece.

Primary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
  • Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland

Secondary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Third and Fourth Level, S1-S3 in Scotland

Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs. Explore more resources for Purcell's piece.

Primary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
  • Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland

Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs. Explore more resources for Sibelius's piece.

Primary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
  • Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland

Download lesson plans for six weeks of learning and activities, as Powerpoint presentations or PDFs. Explore more resources for Tchaikovsky's music.

Primary lesson plans:

Suitable for:

  • Key Stage 2 in England and Wales
  • Second Level, P5-P7 in Scotland
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 in Northern Ireland


Other lesson plans

Ten Pieces I

Use the below guides to prepare engaging lessons for the Ten Pieces I repertoire. The aim of the music lesson plans is to gain an understanding of the music, learn some new vocabulary and to create a new work based on the original. The aim of the creative response lesson plans is to create a response to the pieces of music that can be performed in a group or classroom setting.

These lesson plans were originally designed for primary school pupils at the following stages:

  • England and Wales = Key Stage 2
  • Scotland = Second Level, P5-P7
  • Northern Ireland = Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2

Lesson plans are in PDF format and can be saved to your computer or printed out.

Ten Pieces II

Use the below guides to prepare engaging lessons for the Ten Pieces II repertoire. The aim of the listening lesson plans is to help students to listen analytically, gain a deeper understanding of the music and learn new vocabulary. The aim of the creative response lesson plans is for students to create their own responses to the music.

These lesson plans were originally designed for secondary school pupils at the following stages:

  • England, Wales and Northern Ireland = Key Stage 3
  • Scotland = Third and Fourth Level, S1-S3

Lesson plans are in PDF format and can be saved to your computer or printed out.

Listening lesson plan (PDF)

Creative response lesson plan kit:

Remixing lesson plan (PDF)
Download the remixing lesson plan kit (.zip)

Zip contains: Lesson plan, composer profile, MP3s .mp3 (organ version and orchestra versions), tips for successful remixing, example listening MP3s, samples

Listening lesson plan (PDF)

Creative response lesson plan kit:

Multi-layered class composition lesson plan (PDF)
Download the multi-layered class composition lesson plan kit (.zip)

Zip contains: Lesson plan, composer profile, MP3, listening sheet, 10 part percussion piece (audio and handout)

Listening lesson plan (PDF)

Creative response lesson plan kit:

Graphic score lesson plan (PDF)
Download the graphic score lesson plan kit (.zip)

Zip contains: Lesson plan, compose profile, listening sheet, MP3

Listening lesson plan (PDF)

Aural skills lesson plan kit:

Aural skills lesson plan (PDF)

Download the aural skills lesson plan kit (.zip)

Zip contains: Lesson plan, composer profile, audio examples, audio backing track, MP3, slideshow for projector or hand out

Listening lesson plan (PDF)

Creative response lesson plan kit:

Bring your own device lesson plan (PDF)
Download the BYOD lesson plan kit (.zip)

Zip contains: Lesson plan, composer profile, MP3 and samples

Listening lesson plan (PDF)

Creative response lesson plan kit:

Performance poetry (PDF)
Download the performance poetry lesson plan kit (.zip)

Zip contains: Lesson plan, composer profile, MP3, brief history of performance poetry hand out, Chris Redmond's poem Unspoken handout

Listening lesson plan (PDF)

Creative response lesson plan kit:

Song-writing lesson plan (PDF)
Download the song writing lesson plan kit (.zip)

Zip contains: Lesson plan, composer profile, George Meredith's poem The Lark Ascending hand-out, MP3

Listening lesson plan (PDF)

Creative response lesson plan kit:

Word setting lesson plan (PDF)
Download the word setting lesson plan kit (.zip)

Zip contains: Lesson plan, composer profile handout, MP3, Dies Irae English translation, chord sequence hand out, example listening MP3s

Listening lesson plan (PDF)

Creative response lesson plan kit:

Leitmotifs lesson plan (PDF)
Download the leitmotifs lesson plan kit (.zip)

Zip contains: Lesson plan, composer profile, MP3 and handout