Music of the Week Autumn Term 2023/24

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

Each week, in music, the children listen to high-quality pieces of recorded music. The aim is to give the children the opportunity to listen and respond to a broad range of music from different time periods, genres, and cultures from around the world.

The music selected each term is based around a theme. Previous themes have included ‘Female Composers and Performers throughout the 20th and 21st Century’, ‘Music from Around the World’, ‘Film Scores and Soundtracks’ and ‘Music Through the Ages: 1200 -1900.’

Our theme this term is ‘The Blues and Beyond: Musical Genres in the 20 and 21st Century’.

Please feel free to listen and discuss these pieces at home with your child/children.


‘The Blues and Beyond: Musical Genres in the 20th Century and Beyond’.


The Blues

Blind Boy Fuller ‘Truckin’ My Blues, Robert Johnson ‘Sweet Home Chicago’.



Valaida Snow ‘Patience and Fortitude’, Louis Armstrong ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’.


Big Bands (Jazz Orchestra)

Duke Ellington ‘Take the A-Train’, Glen Miller Orchestra ‘In the Mood’.


Rock ‘n’ Roll

Bill Haley and His Comets ‘See You Later, Alligator’ Elvis Presley ‘Jailhouse Rock’.


Jazz in the 1960’s

Dave Brubeck Quartet ‘Take Five’, John Coltrane ‘Giant Steps’.


The Beatles

‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, Let It Be (Live on the Apple Offices rooftop).



Pink Floyd ‘See Emily Play’, Jimi Hendrix Experience ‘All Along the Watchtower’.


Soul Music

Aretha Franklin ‘Respect’, Ike and Tina Turner ‘Proud Mary’, Marvin Gaye ‘What’s Going On’.


Ska and Reggae

Prince Buster ‘Enjoy Yourself’, Toots and the Maytals ‘Pressure Drop’,

Bob Marley and the Wailers ‘Use It Up’.


The 1970’s Progressive (Prog) Rock

Genesis ‘I Know What You Like (In the Wardrobe), Jethro Tull ‘Living in the Past’.


Glam Rock

Suzi Quatro ‘Can the Can’, Slade ‘Coz I You’,



Chic ‘Good Times’, Bee Gees ‘Stayin’ Alive’, Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’.


Punk Rock and New Wave

Blondie ‘One Way or Another’, The Jam ‘Going Underground’, X Ray Spex ‘Germfree Adolescents’.