About BBC Ten Pieces
Ten Pieces is an exciting initiative for students aged between 7-14. The aim is to open up the world of classical music to a new generation of children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to ten pieces of music.
Begin your involvement in the project by watching one of the Ten Pieces films (Ten Pieces I for ages 7-11 and Ten Pieces II for ages 10-14). The films each feature stunning footage of a BBC Orchestra performing a selection of orchestral music relevant to the music curriculum representing a wide range of styles and eras.
In both films, each piece of music is introduced by celebrity presenters known to the age group, using an engaging mix of live action and animation. The films are designed to act as an exciting gateway to orchestral music.
You can access a wealth of online teaching resources which will help stimulate your students to respond creatively to the repertoire through composition, dance, art and performance poetry.
The project is backed by our Ambassadors and is delivered by our Champions. The Champions are an existing network of over 260 music education hubs, music services, orchestras, music, dance and arts organisations working across the age ranges who can offer help and advise working with the Ten Pieces.
How to get started with Ten Pieces Primary:
Ten Pieces Primary started in the autumn term of 2014 with a week of free screenings of a cinematic film featuring ten pieces of music introduced by celebrities and performed by the National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. The finale of the first year of the project was a Ten Pieces Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on 18th July which was repeated on 19th July 2015.
- Digital art or animation
Schools can get involved in the project at any point during the school year and can follow a simple timeline:Step 1: Inspiration
Organise performances of pupils' creative responses and/or perform the arrangements of the music with players of any ability level. Your local Champion may be hosting celebratory concerts or showcases and may wish to include your creative responses.
How can educators working with students aged 10 - 14 get involved?
Building on the success of the ongoing Ten Pieces for Primary, which has already engaged more than half of UK primary schools, the BBC has extended the ground-breaking initiative to educators working with students aged between 10-14 years. The aim is to open up the world of classical music, inspiring them to respond creatively to the repertoire.
Here's how to get started in three easy steps:
NEW FOR 2017
The fun doesn't stop here - the BBC have lots of big plans for 2017! In January they will be announcing the next set of Ten Pieces repertoire and unveiling their new look website. As well as this they will be opening the new uploader next term and looking ahead to getting involved in BBC Music Day on the 9th June.