Home > Song section overview

Song section overview

Key Curriculum Links

KS3 Music, ICT, History, Citizenship

Learning Objectives

This section aims to help students to: 


•   Develop an increased awareness of how important music is generally, and crucially to their own lives - as a means of expression, mood, identity, time and more – recognising its unique and constant value in a world where it is so easily available.


•   Assess the reasons why different music is selected in different situations to apply a certain mood, atmosphere and quality to a product, brand or situation.


•   Explore music in greater depth looking at structure, instrumentation and lyrics.


•   Build an understanding of how the song has evolved over time, including the influences of previous generations on future music-making.


This unit consists of 6 sessions: (NB have click-throughs to each session)


1.       The power of music - to communicate and heal, case studies of examples and events


2.       When and why do you listen? – a research task


3.       Song moods – one research activity and two listening activities using online facilities


4.       Compare and contrast – a listening activity


5.       Musical inspirations – two case studies – listening and research


6.       Musical milestones – research and listening activity within a social/cultural framework

Each session is worded in an instructional way for the student. Approx length of sessions: 50-60 minutes.

The intention is that teachers can organise how they use this material according to their own requirements and circumstances.

Teachers may wish to use the sessions within a whole class session, individually or in pairs/groups, allowing students to work at their own pace, with an agreed time for reporting back either individually to the teacher or at an additional whole class session, where students share their research and findings.

Students could also work independently of the classroom and report back individually to teachers. Some of these modules could be used as homework tasks

If possible, students should have a file in which to keep their notes and charts.