Musical Contexts - Primary/Key Stage 2 Unit 10 - The Tudors

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

Exploring Music from a Historical Period

About the Unit: 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. 

Element Focus - Rhythm, Timbre & Dynamics, Structure & Form

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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 and 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)


Audio 3 - Early Musical Instruments

Worksheet 2 - Composing Lyrics for a Madrigal

(uses Audio 6 & MIDI 9)


Audio 6 - Composing Lyrics for a Madrigal


MIDI 9 - Deck The Halls Melody Line

Worksheet 3 - Listening to Tudor Dance Music

(uses Audio 5 & 8)


Audio 5 - Listening to Tudor Dance Music 1

Audio 8 - Listening to Tudor Dance Music 2







Worksheet 4

Composing a Pavane Melody with Drone Accompaniment

Worksheet 5 - Listening to Dance Music from the Court of Elizabeth I

(uses Audio 14)


Audio 14 - Listening to Dance Music from the Court of Elizabeth I

Worksheet 6

Music and the Tudor Monarchs

Worksheet 7

Composing a Fanfare for King Henry VIII

(uses MIDI 22)

MIDI 22 - Composing a Fanfare for King Henry VIII

Worksheet 8

Tudor Banquet Concert Evaluation Sheet



Song Sheet 1 - Fa-la-la-la-la

Score 1 - Fa-la-la-la-la Piano Accompaniment

(modelled on MIDI 1 & 2 and song example on Audio 1)

Audio 1 - Fa-la-la-la-la song example

MIDI 1 - Fa-la-la-la-la song melody

MIDI 2 - Fa-la-la-la-la piano accompaniment

Score 2 - Pavane

(parts with and without note names and full score, example of Audio 4)

Audio 4 - Pavane

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 two bar introduction



Song Sheet 2 - Deck the Halls

(song example (a cappella) on Audio 7; piano accompaniment on Audio 6 and song melody on MIDI 9)


Audio 6 - Deck the Halls Piano Accompaniment

Audio 7 - Deck the Halls (a cappella) song example

MIDI 9 - Deck the Halls song melody   

Score 3 - King Henry VIII Pavane

Score 4 - King Henry VIII Pavane Rhythm Score

(audio example on Audio 9, parts modelled on MIDI 10-13)

Audio 9 - King Henry VIII Pavane

MIDI 10 - Pavane Melody     MIDI 11 - Pavane Rhythm Part A
MIDI 12 - Pavane Rhythm Part B      MIDI 13 - Pavane Rhythm Part C



Score 5 - Pavane Parts            Score 6 - Pavane Full Score

(audio example with strings introduction on Audio 11, parts modelled on MIDI 14-17)


Audio 11 - Pavane

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

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

Score 7 - Music for a Grand Procession

(both parts together on MIDI 18)


MIDI 18 - Music for a Grand Procession (both parts together)




Score 8 - Music for the King’s Entry

(parts modelled on MIDI 19-21)


MIDI 19 - Part 1

MIDI 20 - Part 2

MIDI 21 - Parts 1 & 2 together

Score 9 - A Tudor Fanfare

(parts modelled on MIDI 23, audio example on Audio 18 and parts modelled on Audio 19)

Audio 18 - A Tudor Fanfare

Audio 19 - A Tudor Fanfare parts

MIDI 23 - A Tudor Fanfare (both parts)


Song Sheet 3 - Greensleeves

(song example on Audio 20)


Audio 20 Greensleeves Song Example





Audio 2

Kyng Harry VIII Pavyn

Starter/Plenary 1 - Dancing the Pavane

(uses Video 1 and/or Audio 5)


Video 1 - Dancing the Pavane (03:02  20MB)

Audio 5 - Dancing the Pavane

Starter/Plenary 2

Tudor Musical Instruments Card Sort 1

Starter/Plenary 4

Tudor Musical Instruments Card Sort 2





Starter/Plenary 3

Who? What?

Where? When?


Audio 10

Pavane Op.50 - Fauré

Starter/Plenary 5 - Drone Musical Instruments Card Sort

(uses Audio 12)


Audio 12 - Drone Musical Instruments Card Sort

Audio 13

Sing we and Chant It - Morley







Audio 15 - Fanfare for the Common Man

Audio 16 - The Prince of Denmark’s March

Audio 17 - Trumpet Voluntary

Starter/Plenary 6

A Tudor Banquet Concert

Starter/Plenary 7

My Tudor Music Learning