Learning Ladder: Composing


Step eight
  • Accurately write and perform a simple tune on a conventional stave
  • Use a full octave to create/improvise melodies
  • Compose parts for a group piece for others to perform
  • Compose and record multiple layers of rhythm
Step seven
  • Using a range of scales to create and play melodies for voice/instrument
  • Create contrasting sections simple musical forms
  • Compose a piece of music suitable for a particular occasion
  • Compose a melody to match a given lyric
  • Compose and record combinations of two rhythms
Step six
  • Using five note scales to compose and perform melodies
  • Combine pulse and rhythm and record using notation
  • Compose and play a melody with at least 5 different notes
  • Compose and record rhythm in extended time groups using a grid
Step five
  • Represent three or four different pitches on a score
  • Compose and record rhythms in a basic 4/4 time using a grid
  • Recognise and explain the difference between pulse and rhythm
  • Compose pieces of music using a three-part ternary structure
Step four
  • Show some awareness of pitch in graphic scores and 2-line notation scores
  • Compose a short piece of music with a given structure
  • Use rests in simple rhythms recorded on a grid
  • Present multiple layers on graphic scores
Step three
  • Compose and play simple rhythmic patterns in groups
  • Use graphic scores to reflect mood, themes, movement and character
  • Recall, adapt and perform short rhythmic phrases
  • Change words to songs and rhymes whilst maintaining rhythmic patterns
Step two
  • Tell a story or rhyme through a ‘sound’ story-board
  • Select appropriate instruments for a particular task
  • Use basic dynamics and tempo for musical expression
Step one
  • Collect and create sounds for a known story or poem