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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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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Increasing music literacy without increasing marking

KS 3 KS 4

Author: Dice Wood

As music teachers, we know that music literacy is very important. This resource will look at ways we can increase students’ vocabulary across KS3 and 4, with short, time-efficient tasks that do not...

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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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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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Online escape room games and low-stakes quizzing

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: Dice Wood

Low-stakes testing is considered a good tool in our repertoire, allowing us to understand what progress students have made and what needs consolidation before moving on. Exploring content when it’s...

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Sound recording: managing a recording session

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: Paul White

Welcome to the final resource in a three-part series covering recording in the classroom (for the previous two resources, see Music Teacher, April 2023 and July 2023). This time, we’ll move on to the...

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Lo-fi hip-hop

KS 3

Author: David Guinane

This resource attempts to describe a favourite unit of mine: lo-fi hip-hop. We’ll look at the essentials of the subgenre, the potential for musical learning, and a suggested approach to delivering a...

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Classroom and youth band improvisation

KS 3

Author: Nathaniel Dye

I love to improvise. It’s the most inventive, liberating and empowering form of musical self-expression I’ve ever experienced.

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Composing activities at KS3

KS 3

Author: Richard Barnard

It’s crucial for any non-experienced composer to understand specific steps to navigate their way to a finished composition.

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