BBC Ten Pieces - introducing children to classical music!

About BBC Ten Pieces

Ten Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to 7-14 year-olds across the UK and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the music.

We want young people to really get creative with classical music and develop imaginative responses. We're 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 you can get your students involved.

Free teaching resources for the latest phase of the project, Ten Pieces III, are available for all 10 of the pieces. 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 for Ten Pieces III
  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 two years of the project. There are 20 pieces in total from Ten Pieces I and II - 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 and find more information about Ten Pieces III.

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?

New resources for Ten Pieces III are online, including short films introducing the pieces, orchestral performance films, arrangements, classroom lesson plans and MP3s.

Teaching resources for Ten Pieces I and Ten Pieces II from the first two years of the project are still available to use:

What are 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 showcasefor 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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