BBC Ten Pieces - Figurenotes Resources

Inclusive Resources for BBC Ten Pieces

The team behind BBC Ten Pieces asked us to create more inclusive resources for those that find starting with standard notation difficult. Whether you’re a beginner, have additional support needs, or just love playing with colour, these resources are for you. Introduce your teacher or class to Figurenotes.

Download Figurenotes resources that use the BBC Ten Pieces lists I, II, and III. These can be used by whole classes or individuals. There are creative worksheets, arrangements to play with others, and much more.

Take a look at the resources below and find out more about Figurenotes. You can access a whole library of resources from our Resource Base, including extra resources for the Ten Pieces lists, with an annual subscription.

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What is Figurenotes?

A progressive notation that uses colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm. Let it guide you through 3 simple stages to reach standard notation without letting your reading slow your skill on your instrument.

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Figurenotes Resources

You can access even more resources through our Resource Base. Get an annual subscription for unlimited downloads of BBC Ten Pieces resources and tonnes more!

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Ten Pieces Lists

Download some of the free Figurenotes resources available. Take a look at the three lists from BBC Ten Pieces and see which inspires you. You can create your own resources using the Figurenotes software.

  Excellent! It has worked wonders and the pupils love being able to understand rhythms, as in the past they have 'forgotten how the tune goes' and, therefore, had no success at home.
Elaine Moffat
The Figurenotes notation system is very quickly understood by children (as in, by the end of the first lesson), and brings the practical advantages of a music notation system. This combination makes initial progress in terms of the musical result very fast. Nothing gets kids playing and learning tunes in the beginning like Figurenotes.
Tom Ashe – Favela Brass
Nothing translates as easily as Figurenotes. It is just so obvious that it works!
Lucinda Mackworth-Young – Pianist

Figurenotes, starting simply for my ASN pupils, is very relatable and doable. The fact that I can make my own unique music and resources, and so can my pupils, is so valuable. Really enjoyed the training day. Extremely valuable for my pupils

ASN Teacher

Great to see that there is a useful resource to compliment me or others in delivering REAL music lessons. Really useful to see how Figurenotes can start basic and develop to full musical writing and composition.

Chloe Douglas – Primary Teacher
It's the tool I've been looking for for a long time
Isobel Burnie – Music Teacher
I'm so impressed with Figurenotes. Such a simple concept and so effective
Thomas Frost – Music Teacher
I haven't come across anything that comes close to it for inclusivity
Morven McKerrell – Music Teacher
The software is great! It means we can do the songs they really want to learn
Mo Malcolm-Gourley – Glasgow
A really valuable technique. Needs more exposure!
Lee Reynolds – Glyndebourne Youth Opera Musical Director
Figurenotes is by far the best thing for pupils with additional support needs
Karl Macrae – Let’s Mac Music
Figurenotes is giving us the opportunity to involve all children in music
Annona Thornton – Music Teacher

All proceeds from Figurenotes sales go towards enabling disabled musicians to learn, play, perform, and compose. This important work is carried out by Drake Music Scotland. You can learn more on their website.