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Model Music Curriculum
Listening (Key Stages 1 to 3)

Listening to music is fundamental to musical understanding. By learning to listen critically, pupils will not only expand their musical horizons but can also gain a deeper understanding of how music is constructed and the impact it can have on the listener.

As you scroll down this page, you will find links to pieces of music that demonstrate a broad range of sounds, styles and genres.

Listening to a broad range of music also helps develop other areas of musical activity, including composing and performing.

Click on the title of each piece to listen

Boy with Headphones

The Western Classical Tradition up to the 1940s

The Western Classical Tradition & Film Beyond the 1940s

Popular Music

Musical Traditions

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