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.

You can explore resources from all four years of the project project. There are 40 pieces in total from Ten Pieces I, II and III and Trailblazers- 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 tenpieces@bbc.co.uk if you have any queries.

Picture from the BBC Ten Pieces Proms


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