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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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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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Homework in the cloud using Noteflight

KS 3 KS 4 Secondary education

Author: James Manwaring

This resource will looks at ways of using Noteflight to set meaningful and creative homework for your students.

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Cambridge IGCSE: Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 (Military)

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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World Tour: Folk music from Europe

KS 3

Author: Simon Rushby

Here, we’ll look at two of the many folk music traditions found across Europe, from its Eastern to its Western reaches. Though this means missing out on a huge range of fantastic traditional music...

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Christmas 2021: ideas for in-person and hybrid teaching

KS 3

Author: Jane Werry

This resource uses Wham!’s Christmas classic ‘Last Christmas’ as the starting point for a range of creative and listening activities that will work for in-person and online teaching. It would be...

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Ableton

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: James Manwaring

This resource introduces the basic functions of Ableton, enough so that you’ll be able to make music with your class. We’ll introduce the software and provide classroom projects that can be used in...

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Getting the most from Focus on Sound

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: James Manwaring

Focus on Sound Pro is a piece of cloud-based software from Music First. This resource looks at features of the software, and explores how you can use it in your teaching across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

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Exploring riffs

KS 3

Author: Jane Werry

This project is about developing an understanding of the value of repeating patterns in music. Students will need to know what a riff is, and the different ways in which repeating patterns can be...

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Contemporary classical music at KS3

KS 3

Author: David Guinane

This resource will explore a number of approaches to teaching contemporary classical music at KS3. It will attempt to curate some of the extensive literature and resources, available both online and...

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World tour: popular music from West Africa

KS 3

Author: Simon Rushby

The previous stop on our World Tour series was the Middle East (Music Teacher, March 2021), and for our fifth resource of the series we cross the Red Sea and head west to explore some of the...

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