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During music this half term, children will be learning about music from the Tudor period.

The musical focus will be on rhythm, timbre & dynamics, structure & form

This unit takes a historical starting point as a basis for an exploration into Tudor music. Pupils begin by learning about Tudor Dance Music and in particular, the Pavan, as a popular Tudor dance. Pupils identify its characteristic musical features and rhythms before attempting to dance the Pavan and performing and composing their own modal Pavan melodies over a drone accompaniment. Pupils then learn about traditional Tudor musical instruments before exploring Tudor and madrigal-style songs with a “fa-la-la” refrain, where they compose their own lyrics to a given melody. Fanfares are explored briefly before pupils work towards putting on a Tudor-style “Banquet-Concert” combining elements of the unit into a class performance.