Lesson Plan One

Lesson Plan One

Topic: Popular Music

Stage of Learner/Class: Stage 4

Lesson Purpose: Students compose a piece in groups using only the voice

Prior Knowledge: ‘Scat Round’ lesson

Question/ Sub Question: How can the voice be used within popular music?

Syllabus Outcome:

4.3, 4.4, 4.5 and 4.8 / LS.3, LS.4, LS.5, LS.7, LS.10


  • Students begin their compositions in groups, utilising a range of vocal techniques and body percussion
Students Learn About:

  • Students will be introduced to a variety of vocal techniques such as rapping, beat boxing, singing and vocal gestures.
Students Learn To:

  •   Students learn to organise these skills (vocal techniques) into a short group   composition.
  •   Students learn to score unconventional musical ideas
Part and Timing / Teaching and Learning Actions:

  • 2 mins: Organise students, books and pencils out, and seated.
  • 25 mins: Show students the pieces of music via Youtube and CD’s, begin discussion with class, break students into groups to fill out work sheets and discuss answers.
  • 15 mins: Scoring activity in which, as a class, we will score 10 seconds of Bjork’s ‘Triumph of a   Heart’ using traditional and graphic notation.
  • 5 mins: Explain task and have students break off into groups of 3 – 5 people.
  • 20 mins: Students begin working on their compositions in groups.
  • 2 mins: Pack-up
Organisation/Classroom   Management

Students working behind desks for the first 40 minutes of class. Provoking discussion amongst the class in a safe, responsible and civil environment. Students can answer their worksheets in   small groups, so as long as there is no disruptive chatter. Walk around and check students progress when they are working on the work sheets.

For the remaining 25 minutes students break into groups of 3 – 5 people. Ensure that everyone has a group. Whilst the groups are working on their compositions, walk around and check each groups progress, ask questions, offer advice and let them play their ideas to you. Ensure that all students are participating.

Key Questions:

How can the voice be used in music? Through watching videos, listening to music, answering questions, having class discussions and creating vocal/body percussion compositions, students gain an understanding of the creative potential the voice has when used in an unconventional fashion.


  •   Projector compatible with laptop
  •   Internet access for Youtube clips
  •   CD’s
Learning Needs:

A variety of support for completing the activities will be given   to students. Written instructions, verbal instructions and also modeling and   demonstrations of answers. Further individual support will be given to   students who ask or whom I feel need it.




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