Arts Award and BBC Ten Pieces Trailblazers

Arts Award and BBC Ten Pieces Trailblazers

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BY: Annabel Thomas
27 Aug 2019

This August the BBC is launching its new series of Ten Pieces, a suite of free musical resources, teaching guides and more to support and encourage all schools to engage with music. Just like with previous series of BBC Ten Pieces, Arts Award is delighted to be supporting this launch.

What is BBC Ten Pieces?

Trailblazers logo MONOBBC Ten Pieces helps classroom teachers and ensemble leaders open up the world of classical music to 7-14 year olds. Each year new pieces are made available via the BBC Ten Pieces website, accompanied by lesson plans for each piece, orchestral videos, MP3 downloads of the songs, instrumental scores and much more. BBC Ten Pieces also encourages children to have their own creative response to the music they hear, from creative writing to visual art, dance to creating their own composition responses. All of which are perfect for linking to Arts Award!

What are the new pieces?

The new series of BBC Ten Pieces is called Trailblazers, and will include music from classical composers as well as music from film and TV. Composers include Hans Zimmer who wrote the music for 'Pirates of the Caribbean', as well as the 'Dr Who' soundtrack and more classical pieces. This year, BBC Ten Pieces wanted to ‘showcase works that have helped expand our musical horizons, pieces that have introduced new cultures and sound worlds into the orchestra, and composers whose lives and works have made them pioneers.’ Find out more about Trailblazers on the BBC website.

How does this link to Arts Award?

For many years we have created mapping resources for Arts Award Discover, Explore and Bronze for you to quickly see how to link the free BBC Ten Pieces resources to Arts Award, and this year is no exception. On the Adviser Hub you will find new Trailblazers mapping resources, and make sure you take a look at our previous blog post for more inspiration.

What’s more, if you use BBC Ten Pieces to complete your Arts Award you will be able to access an exclusive discount! Just enter ‘BBC10Pieces1920’ in the Contextual Information box when you submit Discover names or enter students for their Explore or Bronze moderation.

We always love hearing from advisers and centres, so let us know if you are using BBC Ten Pieces to complete your Arts Awards by commenting below, emailing us on or sharing your work on social media @artsaward.

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