Online Teaching Materials

Downloadable resources for music teachers

Teaching materials are an integral part of a music teacher's practice. Every month Music Teacher publishes downloadable materials for KS3, 4 and 5, offering complete units of work, GCSE and A Level set-work guidance, and practical ideas across all levels for both classroom and peripatetic teachers. All materials are written by experienced teachers and examiners and provide indispensable content for your teaching.

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AQA AoS 1: the Coronation Anthems and oratorios of Handel

KS 4 Secondary education

Author: Hanh Doan

This resource will give a brief overview of the context of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and oratorios, followed by detailed analysis of extracts from two works.

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Composition in instrumental lessons

VMT Extra-curricular music

Author: Richard Barnard

This resource looks at why and how to include composing activities in instrumental lessons, regardless of your own composition experience.

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Learning with singing

KS 3 KS 4 Secondary education

Author: James Manwaring

In this resource, I’ll look at some of the ways we can use singing to help with learning, giving practical suggestions and ideas. Singing isn’t something reserved for trained vocalists, musicians or...

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Developing wider listening – musical theatre: part 2

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

Part one of our whistle-stop tour of musical theatre focused on the way in which musicals are written. This month, we’ll take a journey from the time of these composers, at the end of the 1930s, to...

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AQA AoS7: Shostakovich

KS 5

Author: Richard Barnard

The AQA specification lists musical elements to examine and identify in Shostakovich’s works. Here is a brief guide to some of the more general aspects to listen for in his music, before a closer look...

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Practical learning using instruments

KS 3 KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

This resource considers how we can use instruments to teach key concepts in music. It will focus on practical learning and how we can best approach it.

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Developing wider listening – musical theatre: part 1

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

Understanding the background and context to music they listen to, hear on TV or play is an incredibly useful skill for all musicians, especially those studying music for GCSE or A level, since wider...

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Guitar repair for music teachers

VMT

Author: Paul White

Over the years, I’ve picked up a lot of knowledge about the workings of a music department and what are the best, most effective and value-for-money ways to keep it running. For the sake of space,...

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Teaching jazz harmony

KS 5

Author: David Guinane

In this resource, I’ll be exploring a range of jazz standards to give students an understanding of common chord progressions, as well as harmonic direction, structure and devices that will aid their...

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Cultivating independent learners

VMT

Author: Helen Reid

In this resource I’ll explore how teachers can cultivate independence in students both during and outside their lessons. I’ll examine a range of different theories that we can employ in order to...

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