BBC Ten Pieces - introducing children to classical music!

KS3: Delia Derbyshire – Doctor Who Theme (original theme by Ron Grainer)

About BBC Ten Pieces

Ten Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to 7-14 year-olds across the UK  by introducing them to key pieces through a series of exciting short films.  Each set of Ten Pieces (there are now four) is supported through a full set of teaching resources to allow schools to explore the music in more depth.

New for Autumn 2019 - Trailblazers

Ten Pieces Trailblazers challenges students to rethink orchestral music - what it sounds like, who can make it, and how it's used - through ten trailblazing composers and their pieces of music.

This new set of pieces showcases works that have helped expand our musical horizons, pieces that have introduced new cultures and sound worlds into the orchestra, and composers whose lives and works have made them pioneers.

Trailblazers delves into the world of Film and Television for the first time and explores music with influences from across the globe.

Free teaching resources for Trailblazers, as well as the previous Ten Pieces music, are available on the website. You can work with as many pieces as you like, and as Ten Pieces is a flexible project, you can use the resources to fit in with your own suited timetable of learning. There are:

What should I do next?

  1. Register: Teachers and educators can join the email mailing list and receive the latest news and essential project updates 
  2. Read the FAQs below for more information about the project
  3. Explore the Ten Pieces resources by piece or by resource and think about getting creative! Where will your Ten Pieces journey start?
  4. Get inspired – take a look at the creative response showcase

You can also explore resources from the first three years of the project. There are 30 pieces in total from Ten Pieces I, II and III - browse resources by piece and find composer information, clips, arrangements and more.

The project has additional support from a range of music and arts education stakeholders and is delivered in partnership with 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 advice working with the Ten Pieces.

Take a look at the FAQs to find out more about the project:

What are the Ten Pieces?

Download the repertoire lists:

 You can explore teaching resources for the pieces 

Which age group is Ten Pieces aimed at?

Ten Pieces resources are designed for 7 to 14 year-olds and have taken into account the KS2, First Level, Second Level and the KS3 and Third Level curriculums in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Lesson plans are labelled with their appropriate age group.

What resources are available?

There is a full set of teaching resources available online for each set of pieces, including short films introducing the pieces, orchestral performance films, arrangements, classroom lesson plans and MP3s.

Creative Responses

The BBC want young people to really get creative with classical music and develop imaginative responses to the repertoire. They can experiment with original compositions and various art forms, including dance, poetry, animation and anything else that may inspire them! The creative responses are a great way to encourage cross-curricular activity whilst maintaining engagement with classical music. Creative responses can be hugely varied, the more original the better - take a look at the creative response showcase for inspiration.

How do I upload my pupils' creative responses?

The Ten Pieces uploader is now open.

Upload your creative response videos to the Ten Pieces website to showcase your pupils' work in a special online showcase.

These responses can be in any art form, for example composition, dance/movement, digital art/animation or performance poetry, from both Primary and Secondary

Find out more about how to upload and read some top tips for filming and sending in your videos.

Please email you have any queries.

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