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BBC Ten Pieces

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Added to website 20/10/2016. Updated 16/04/2024.

Launched in 2014, the BBC’s Ten Pieces is an ambitious initiative for school pupils, which aims to open up the world of classical music using ten pieces of music as a spring-board for learning.

Launched in 2014, the BBC’s Ten Pieces is an ambitious, nationwide initiative for school pupils, which aims to open up the world of classical music to a generation of children. The project uses pieces of music as a springboard for creativity, alongside a range of online resources, UK-wide events and close collaboration with music and arts organisations. The first year of the project engaged more than half of UK primary schools and the initiative has now been extended to secondary schools. BBC Ten Pieces has now reached over 5 million people and continues to be used by schools across the UK.

In celebrating 10 years since the beginning of BBC Ten Pieces, 10 works have been added to the catalogue: all written by women composers. The aim of this latest phase of the project is to increase the quantity of music by women composers studied and performed by children and young people, and to continue supporting teachers in delivering high quality music education.

The Ten Pieces website contains a wide range of resources, including filmed performances, introductory videos, lesson plans and orchestra and vocal arrangements for a range of instrumental ability levels.

Schools begin their involvement in the project by watching one of the Ten Pieces films. Each film features stunning footage of a BBC Orchestra performing a selection of orchestral or vocal music that represents a wide range of styles and eras.

Once students have seen the film, teachers can access online resources to enable students to learn more about the music, the composer, and even develop their own creative responses inspired by the music – either through dance, performance poetry, composition or digital art. Schools can also attend workshops and live performances of the Ten Pieces, performed by the BBC Orchestras and Choirs, across the country throughout the year.

Ten Pieces is delivered on the ground through an existing network of Regional Champions: music hubs, music education services and arts organisations, working at both primary and secondary level.

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