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In this brand new performance-based unit - Back in Time to the Music, as part of the new Musical Contexts "Build Your Own" Secondary KS3 Music Curriculum, pupils 'travel back in time' to visit and explore different periods of musical history.  


Pupils listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians, different genres and styles and from different times and places. Pupils perform accessible pieces of music from different periods of musical history, in both solo and ensemble contexts, with an awareness of effective performance technique including stylistic manipulation of the elements of music suitable to that musical period, typical musical instruments ‘of the time’, music theory and score reading and notation skills in both treble and bass clef staff notation.


Back in Time to the Music is a fully-resourced flexible unit consisting of pairs of lessons and be delivered via several options:

  • a half-termly unit of 6 lessons focusing on each of the musical periods/genres in a single lesson (by delivering only the first lesson in each 'paired bundle').
  • a half-termly unit of 6 lessons focusing on three selected musical periods/genres, each covering two lessons (using both lessonsin each 'paired bundle').
  • A complete term's unit of 12 lessons focusing on each of the musical periods/genres, each covering two lessons.


Back in Time to the Baroque contains 2 fully-resourced lessons using the Opening of "Spring" from 'The Four Seasons' by Vivaldi as a case study, where pupils learn the melody in lesson 1 and add a Basso Continuo accompaniment in lesson 2 (see sample images for further details).

Back in Time to the Baroque

  • Contents

    Each of the two lessons within Back in Time to the Baroque contain a detailed Lesson Plan, Pupil Worksheet and Presentation (containing all embedded media files and links to YouTube® videos) and audio files (MP3 and WAV) are also included separately.

    Each lesson begins with an Intro Quiz/DOITNOW with opportunities to consolidate knowledge and understanding using PIT STOP'S.  Each lesson ends with an interactive multiple choice Exit Quiz

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