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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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AQA AoS1: Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Secondary education KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

The third movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A, K622 is a study piece for AQA’s GCSE Area of Study 1. The study of this piece will allow students to study not only the Classical style, but...

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Getting inside the A level jazz curriculum, part 1: jazz vocalists

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Jonathan James

This will act as a summary introduction to the subject area, to whet the appetite and start placing the main styles in their contexts, with suggested listening and a playlist. Following the examples,...

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Developing wider listening: the Classical period

Secondary education KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

This is the second in a series of resources to help students develop their understanding and experience of music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, and from the 20th and 21st centuries....

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Continuing professional development, part 2

Extra-curricular music VMT

Author: Edward Maxwell

In part 2 of this two-part resource (Music Teacher, January 2021), I will look at further development of reading skills and musicianship, learning pieces with understanding, and amassing a bank of...

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Orchestration at A level

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Jonathan James

Rimsky-Korsakov, a Romantic Russian composer and inspirational orchestrator, said that ‘to orchestrate is to create; it cannot be taught’. Let’s hope he was wrong, at least on that last point.

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OCR A level AoS1 Beethoven Serioso Quartet

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Hanh Doan

The third and fourth movements of Beethoven's String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, Serioso, form the 2021 prescribed work for OCR A level. This work should be studied and contextualised within a number...

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Using Sibelius at KS4

Secondary education KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

Sibelius is a valuable tool for music teachers: not only can we use it for composition, but it also provides a useful way to bring theory to life. In this resource I will consider how you might use...

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Developing wider listening: the Baroque period

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

This is the first in a series of resources to help students develop their understanding and experience of music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, and from the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Building knowledge through the elements of music, part 1

Secondary education KS 4

Author: Jane Werry

It can be difficult to know where to start with teaching a GCSE syllabus: there are so many different parts to get to grips with. You might feel that you need to get cracking straight away with areas...

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Essay-writing skills at A level

Secondary education KS 5

Author: James Manwaring

This resource looks at essay-writing skills and offers tips on how to approach essay writing with your students. It also works through some ideas that will support different exam boards. It is...

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