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Unit of work

Musical micro:bit

Computational thinking, Computer systems, Music, Programming | MakeCode | 7-11 yrs

Lesson 1

Musical algorithms


In this ‘unplugged’ lesson, pupils use a musical theme to extend their understanding of algorithms. They evaluate algorithms, create a short musical composition and write an algorithm for someone who cannot read music to follow. 

Learning objectives

  • To read and interpret a range of algorithms
  • To evaluate algorithms
  • To write algorithms for a given audience

You will need

Downloadable resources:

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson slides
  • Student handouts
    • Composing musical phrase and algorithms
    • Composing musical phrase support sheet

Other resources:

Musical instruments, printouts of slides

Lesson plan