In every Key Stage Three lesson our students complete a task called 'CD of the Week' where they listen to a piece of music and complete a differentiated worksheet. The idea is that the music is really vartied and they are exposed to as many different styles, genres and traditions as possible. The worksheet requires them to use technical vocab whilst thinking about Tempo, Dynamics, Timbre and Mood as well as some other key words like Legato, Arco, Accelerando etc. The task should take a maximum of 15 mins, and ideally only takes the first 10mins of a lesson. I've been doing this for a about three years now and I can really see the benefits - students are able to discuss and describe pieces of music in the main part of the lesson in alot of detail, this has obvious advantages for those who continue onto KS4 or 5 and beyond. I'm after your opinion on the CD of the Week task. It could be looked on as being quite dated since the movement away from teaching secondary music through 'musical elements', but it does work! What do you think?