Music KS3 / GCSE: Dev Griffin on 'HandsFree' by Anna Meredith

DJ Dev Griffin describes his love of 'HandsFree' by Anna Meredith, explaining why it is his favourite piece of classical music, how it captured his imagination and why he loves music of this genre.

Dev explains some of the historical context of this amazing music, while the real and animated worlds collide to reveal the wonder that the music conjures in his mind.

This short film is from the BBC series, Play On!

Teacher Notes

Use this short film as a starting point for composition.

Arrange students into groups and ask them to compose a piece of music using only body percussion.

Encourage them to explore timbre, dynamics, texture and pitch to add interest.

You could make a link to Steve Reich's Clapping Music.

Alternatively, students could record some everyday sounds such as doors closing, footsteps, school bells, and create a composition using music technology in the classroom.

Can they use these everyday sounds to create an interesting piece of music by splitting, reversing and adding effects?

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching music at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

It appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC CCEA and SQA.

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