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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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Developing wider listening: opera, part one

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

In this multi-part series, we’ll chart the development of Western opera as we know it, from its early incarnations in the Renaissance, through its unparalleled growth in the late Baroque and Classical...

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Working with parents, friends and your community

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: James Manwaring

A successful music department relies on the community around it – students, staff, parents, friends and the broader local community. Without all these elements, it’s hard to sustain a programme that...

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OCR/AQA/Edexcel: solo artists of the 21st century

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Jane Werry

There are several GCSE and A Level specifications that include pop music from the 1990s to the present day. This resource will look at the music of three extremely well-known solo artists of the 21st...

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Starting a choir in your school

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: Jenna Brown

Whether you’re teaching in primary, secondary, post-16 or alternative provisions, singing in a choir is a fantastic opportunity to offer to young people. This resource introduces key considerations...

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Developing wider listening: jazz, part 3

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

The final part of our Developing Wider Listening resource on jazz focuses on what happened in jazz after the Second World War. We'll look at the new styles that emerged and consider how jazz ‘coped’...

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Putting on a concert or event

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: James Manwaring

The aim of this resource is to provide music teachers with a toolkit that can be used to make sure that any concert or event is a success for staff, students and audiences.

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The one-person music department

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: James Manwaring

Working as a one-person music department is an important topic, and one that’s close to my heart. Being in this situation isn’t easy, but in this resource, we’ll be looking at some ideas on how to...

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Developing wider listening: jazz, part 2

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

In the first of this three-part Developing Wider Listening resource on jazz we looked at the origins of the genre, from its roots in the work songs and spirituals associated with slavery in America in...

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OCR AoS6: serialism

KS 5

Author: David Kettle

OCR has three works by Berg, Webern and Schoenberg among its suggested repertoire for AoS6, Innovations in Music 1900 to the present day. In this resource, we’ll look into those pieces and put them in...

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Marketing your music department

KS 5 KS 4 KS 3

Author: James Manwaring

In this resource, we’ll be looking at how you can effectively market your music department. We’ll consider why this is something you should do, and also some of the steps you need to take. We’ll look...

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