BBC Ten Pieces

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.

We are not just looking for musical responses - children can get creative in any art form that inspires them, so if you’re a school, home-educator or any kind of arts organisation then you can get your students involved.

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.

WATCH THE TRAILERS NOW:
Ten Pieces I (for ages 7-11)
Ten Pieces II (for ages 10-14)

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.

Read more about out how to get involved in the project for primary and secondary schools and how to order a free DVD copy of Ten Pieces I and II.

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.

One of the key aims of the Ten Pieces project is to encourage children to develop their own creative responses to the classical music they hear in the Ten Pieces film. A possible starting point is to get children to write a story or poem, or to paint a picture in response to the music. We particularly encouraged these 3 art forms, all of which can be showcased in a concert environment:
  1. Composition
  2. Digital art or animation
  3. Dance

Schools can get involved in the project at any point during the school year and can follow a simple timeline:

Step 1: Inspiration

Make sure your pupils have seen the Ten Pieces I film (order the FREE DVD for your primary school or watch it in handy chunks).

Register for the Ten Pieces newsletter- you will receive regular updates, news and links to relevant resources as they are added to the website for both primary and secondary.

Browse the list of Ten Pieces Champions (music education hubs, music services and other arts organisations) to see if any organisations in your area are delivering workshops, activities or planning showcase concerts.

Step 2: Exploration and creativity

Use the teaching resources to help you plan lessons, and show the inspiring masterclass films to pupils to help them develop ideas on how they might respond creatively to the music they heard in the film through composition, dance or digital art.

Step 3: Presentation and performance

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.

An inspirational new cinematic film features stunning footage of the BBC Philharmonic performing a new selection of orchestral music, representing a wide range of styles and eras relevant to the music curriculum. Each piece is introduced by celebrity presenters known to the age group, using an engaging mix of live action and animation.

Here's how to get started in three easy steps:

Step 1: Inspiration

  • Register for the projectby signing up for the newsletter on the website. You will receive news and links to new classroom resources regularly.
  • Receive FREE DVD of film (1 copy per educational establishment working with 10-14 year olds, you can place your order now)
  • Explore the educational resourceson the Ten Pieces website
  • Link up with your local Ten Pieces Champion(music education hubs, music services and other arts organisations) to see if any organisations in your area are delivering workshops, activities or planning showcase concerts

Step 2: Exploration and creativity

Pupils can explore the music further and develop their own creative responses inspired by one or all of the pieces in a variety of ways:

  • dance / movement
  • animation or digital art
  • performance poetry
  • composition (jazz, world music, folk, classical, pop or coded)

Pupils are also encouraged to produce their own videos of all, or a combination of, these creative responses.

Step 3: Presentation and performance

  • Organise performances of pupils' creative responses and/or perform the arrangements of the music with players of any ability level
  • Take part in finale events hosted by your local Ten Pieces Champion

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.

 

 

 


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