Section 4 : Using music in the classroom

Key Focus Question: What different approaches are there to making music in the classroom?

Keywords: music; sound walk; praise song; group work; community; instruments; culture

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will have:

  • used the environment and community as resources for learning;
  • planned practical music activities;
  • involved pupils in making their own music, using different musical cultures and forms.


Music is an important part of most people’s lives and cultures. Understanding the place of music and how making music can help pupils’ self-esteem and confidence is important.

The emphasis in this section is on exploring different sounds and working together. Throughout these activities you encourage your pupils to listen carefully, ask questions and experiment.

1. Using mind maps to organise thinking about sound