Learning Ladder: Listening

Steps Listening
Step eight
  • Understand how music reflect a given occasion or context
  • Listen to and comment on a wide range of genres and styles of music using a broad musical vocabulary
  • Identify how specific musical techniques and devices contribute to the impact of a piece
Step seven
  • Identify simple time signatures such as 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4
  • Recognise syncopated rhythms
  • Begin to identify melodies built around major and minor melodies and their associated keys
Step six
  • Identify melodies built around a five note, pentatonic scale
  • Use an extended music vocabulary to express personal opinions about a piece of music
Step five
  • Identify crotchets and quavers in rhythmic (clapped) patterns
  • When listening to music identify how different effects are created by the combination of sounds used (texture)
Step four
  • Identify silent beats in music (rests)
  • When listening use the correct vocabulary for each musical dimension (pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure)
  • Recognise a repeated musical theme and how it can be varied
Step three
  • Recognise changes in tempo, timbre, texture and dynamics
  • Identify the different parts of a piece of music, e.g. the verses and chorus sections of a song
Step two
  • Identify the pulse
  • Recognise differences between high and low pitch
Step one
  • Describe the different sounds produced by different instruments