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Cakes, Jumpers & Music: Ideas On Teaching Texture

'What is Texture?'

I'm sure you have asked that question many times, asking for some intelligent answers about lines of melody and the way they interact, or layers of sound, or something, anything, vaguely related to what you have taught them. 

Instead, you inevitably end up with half a dozen students looking at their jumpers in confusion and someone who starts talking about Mary Berry's sponge comments on Bake Off last night.  

'That cake had a great texture didn't it miss?  Paul Hollywood loved it!'

'We learnt about texture in textiles, miss.  My jumper has a smooth texture.  Miss Jones said so'.

And so then you have to weave in (ooh quick accidental texture joke there!!!) cakes and jumpers to your lesson about musical texture.  

Which isn't always a bad thing, if you can get off the subject of the failed chocolate gateau in the technical round of Bake Off. 

In my world, there are 8 main textures which students should understand for KS4 level....

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