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Secondary Body Percussion Scheme of Work

Body Percussion Secondary Unit of Work

Thank you for all that you are doing to keep your pupils engaged in music. To support you in this, we would like to offer you a fully planned, video-led, 10 lesson resource available for all Secondary schools in Leicestershire.

Following the hugely successful Leicestershire Music Primary Body Percussion scheme, this newly developed Secondary-focussed bank of lessons immerses students within the world of Body Percussion.

Please watch the video promo for the unit to the right.

Your students will follow engaging call and response video activities as well as learning a rich and varied musical vocabulary. The scheme is ideal for KS3 students but has several links to GCSE units - including keywords, terms and musical learning about Cuban, Indian and Greek rhythms. The unit also features tutorials to help your students perform and compose.

In addition to the high level of musical vocabulary introduced, students will have opportunities in each lesson to perform and compose using body percussion as their instrument. There are five bespoke pieces composed specifically for this unit and composition guidance and tutorials for when student compose their own pieces.

Finally, in addition to the 10 interactive, informative and engaging lessons, the scheme also comes with a 21-page booklet - which can be used in conjunction with the scheme - and also a knowledge organiser containing all the new phrases and key terms in one organised document.

With all the planning and resources provided, plus new learning and teaching embedded into the tutorial videos, teachers can learn the exciting and limitless possibilities of body percussion alongside the students.

The unit - at a glance - aims to teach and improve the following skills and outcomes:

  • Specific body percussion techniques.
  • Performing in time.
  • Performing as part of a round.
  • Performing a polyrhythm.
  • Composing using different timbres and with a sense of structure.
  • Reading, understanding and creating body percussion notation.
  • Musical terminology including timbre, tempo, syncopation, beats, bars and rests.
  • Rhythms from around the world including the clave rhythm from Cuba and the chaal rhythm from India.
  • Individual performance and whole-class performance opportunities in every lesson.
  • Opportunities for teacher, self and peer assessment.

To sign up for this resource, please click here!

For more information please contact Tim Clay -