Musical Contexts Music Cover Bank

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Music Festival-based Cover Work

My Music-based Cover Work

Music Puzzles

Internet Research & General Music Cover Work

Don’t forget that each individual unit has Cover/Homework activities specifically themed for that unit of work. 

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The “General” Musical Contexts Music Cover Bank resources (shown below) can now be purchased as a stand-alone individual “bundle” along with the new Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 specific “bundle” via the Musical Contexts Shop & Seasonal Topic Packs page.

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Musical Spellings

Pupils will require a Dictionary or access to computers/internet to correct some commonly misspelled musical words, together with giving “musical” definitions.

“Bohemian Rhapsody”...but not as we know it!

Pupils rewrite the song lyrics to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” based on a chosen theme or topic.

Can be done with or without ICT.

Contemporary Music-Making Internet Research

An internet research activity where pupils investigate the names of famous musical performers, groups and ensembles from a wide range of different musical styles within contemporary music-making. 

Instruments of Jazz and Pop

An internet research activity where pupils identify the musical instruments played by 18 famous jazz and pop musicians

Musical Signs and Symbols

Two sets of 24 musical signs and symbols for pupils to research, name and describe.  Good for GCSE Music, as a Summer Holidays research task or a revision of music notation.





Popular Music Quizzes Pack

A range of 12 ’internet research’ activities based on Popular Music including ’Singers and Backers’, ’First Lines from Popular Songs’, ’Boy Bands’, ’Rock and Pop Names’ and ’Novelty Records’ (answers provided).

A-Z Music Lists

Pupils compile A-Z lists of either Musical Instruments, Composers or Musical Terms.

Can be done with or without ICT.

The Beatles

Comprehension and questions on The Beatles, Pictograms and a Word Search of Beatles Song Titles.

Can be done without ICT.

All About Songs and Singing

4-page worksheet including a word search, comprehension and song analysis task of pupil’s choice. 

Can be done without ICT.





Hip-Hop Cover Pack

Listening Starter: “What Can I See? What Can I Hear?”, Comprehension Questions and Hip-Hop Key Terms Research

Requires Internet access for research and access to audio file (also available as a QR code for pupils to scan)






Music Puzzles Pack 1

This “Music Puzzles” pack contains a word search relating to songs and singing, a musical instrument crossword/acrostic and a musical signs and symbols Sudoku (answers provided!) 

Music Puzzles Pack 2

This “Music Puzzles” pack contains a musical terms and signs/symbols crossword, a musical “Kriss Kross” and a musical instruments/Mozart opera acrostic  (answers provided!) 





Music Festivals in the UK Research

Pupils research UK Music Festivals in terms of types/genres of music, location, age, time of year and ticket prices.  Requires ICT  for internet research and optional extension tasks.

Planning your own

Music Festival

Pupils plan their own Music Festival considering a variety of requirements including location and venue, artists and bands, catering and security and design a “site plan” of their Festival. 

Can be done using ICT or without.

Music Festival Set Times & Line-Up

Following on from “Planning your own Music Festivals”, pupils put together their “Set Times & Line-Up” list for the stages or performance areas in their Music Festival. 

Can be done using ICT or without.

Planning your own Music Festival 2

A 6-page more in-depth task for pupils to plan their own music festival including initial questions and planning, equipment and music lists, job roles and either writing a persuasive letter to their Head of Year or designing a promotional poster. 

Can be done using ICT or without.






My Top Ten Playlist

Pupils create their own “Top Ten Playlist” for Spotify or iTunes giving names/titles and artist/bands/composers/groups, together with a reason for their choice of songs or music for a variety of situations and stimuli with an extension task of designing a CD cover which could be used to this “compilation” album.

Can be done without ICT.

My Music

Similar to “My Top Ten Playlist”, pupils identify and explain their reasoning for their choices of Top 3 favourite and worst songs of all time.  Also their best music performance and funniest music performance ever seen/watched. 

Can be done using ICT (includes space for a YouTube link) or without. 

The Best Album in the World Ever!

Pupils plan 12 tracks of their choosing to form a “Best Album in the World Ever!” CD from a choice of Dance, R ‘n’ B, Rock, Boy Bands, Girl Bands or Pop, before designing an album cover and CD-insert

Can be done without ICT.

Promoting Popular Music

Pupils plan a presentation to a record company to promote their rise to fame!  Includes designing a band name and identity, band members fashion, debut album, promotional merchandise and tour information.

Can be done without ICT.

Pop Band Logos

Pupils identify things they like and dislike about 12 famous pop band logos before designing their own effective logo for their own pop music band.

Can be done without ICT.





My Top 3 Songs

Pupils identify their “Top 3 Songs” for a number of situations including their “Top 3” Love Songs, Gym/Workout Songs, Driving Songs, Chill Songs, Feel Good Songs, Sad Songs, Catchy Songs, Songs from Films and Most Annoying Songs!

Can be done without using ICT.

My Music

Pupils listen to four pieces of music in different styles/genres identifying musical features and then rank them in order of preference.  There’s a stretch and challenge justifying ranking and an optional research task.

(Requires internet access/access to YouTube)

My Music Magazine

(PowerPoint Template)

Pupils create a 4-page “My Music” Magazine using a PowerPoint template giving details of their favourite type/style of music, their first song, their most memorable song, who they would like to spend 10 minutes with and what questions they’d ask them and the last concert or live music performance they experienced.

Requires ICT and PowerPoint.

Desert Island Discs

Pupils choose their 8 favourite songs or pieces of music, a book and luxury item to take with them as a ‘castaway’ on a desert island.

Can be done without ICT.


The Musical Contexts “Rhythms of the World” World Music Passport

Continuing the Musical Contexts “Passport” series, this 10-page A4 collated template can be printed back-to-back (or enlarged to A3) forming a 20-page “Passport” for students to research and ‘visit’ 5 different countries around the world to explore their music.  Pupils visit Africa, India, China, Indonesia and Latin-America researching musical  instruments from within each world music genre, defining key words and terms relating to that type of world music and watch, listen and reflect on a piece of world music (suggestions are given in the form of QR codes which link directly to YouTube audio and video performances) for music from that country.  There’s also a reflection activity and a word search of key words and terms. 


The Musical Contexts “Sonority City” Instruments of the Orchestra Passport

This 10-page A4 collated template can be printed back-to-back (or enlarged to A3) forming a 20-page “Passport” for students to research and ‘visit’ each section or family of the orchestra.  Pupils research orchestral instruments from within each section or family of the orchestra, research key words and terms relating to that section or family of instruments and listen to and reflect on a piece of music (suggestions from the Western Classical Tradition and Popular Music) for that particular family of instruments.  There’s also space for pupils to research the role of the conductor, the layout of the orchestra, the London Symphony and Halle Orchestras, a reflection activity and a word search of key words and terms.