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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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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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Developing wider listening – film music: part 2

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

This month, we’ll continue our journey from the 1950s to the present day, picking out some worthwhile examples and identifying some performing, composing and listening activities that can help your...

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Developing wider listening – film music: part 1

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

For more than 100 years, from the earliest experiments in silent movies to the modern, digitally enhanced, computer-aided action blockbusters, music has played an essential role in films, relied upon...

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Visual content for musical understanding

KS 3

Author: Jane Werry

One of the things that makes music a difficult subject to teach is its very nature. It’s ephemeral and invisible, and it exists only as movements of the air at a particular place and time. A score of...

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Getting ready for the GCSE music listening paper

KS 4 Secondary education

Author: Simon Rushby

For the first time since 2019, students taking GCSE music will be sitting a listening paper this year. The students currently in Year 11 were in Year 8 when there was last a summer listening paper....

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Wider listening activities, part 2

KS 3 Secondary education

Author: Jane Werry

This is the second of a two-part resource providing ideas for a full scheme of listening starters for KS3: one lesson a week for three years. This resource will cover repertoire from the modern era,...

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Cambridge IGCSE: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

KS 4 Secondary education

Author: Hanh Doan

In the IGCSE listening paper, the Western classical set work is found in Section D and is worth 16 marks (out of a total of 70 marks for the whole paper). In 2022, students will have the opportunity...

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Wider listening activities, part 1

KS 3 Secondary education

Author: Jane Werry

This resource, and its sequel next month, will give you ideas on how to use wider listening examples as a ‘do now’ routine at the start of every KS3 lesson, including a repertoire list with enough on...

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World Tour: traditional music from the British Isles

KS 3 Secondary education

Author: Simon Rushby

After a two-year virtual tour right around the world, taking in the Caribbean (January 2020), South America (September 2020), China (December 2020), the Middle East (March 2021), West Africa (August...

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