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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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Edexcel AoS1: an active learning approach to Bach

KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

Edexcel GCSE music requires students to study eight set works, the first of which is the third movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. This resource will look at some different strategies for...

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Eduqas AoS 1: ‘Badinerie’ from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2

KS 4

Author: Hanh Doan

Under Eduqas’s GCSE Area of Study 1 (Musical Forms and Devices), students must study the ‘Badinerie’ from Bach’s Second Orchestral Suite in depth. As well as giving students many tools for performance...

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Creating successful teaching spaces in different school environments

VMT

Author: Richard Barnard

The environment in which you teach can have a huge impact on the quality, effectiveness and enjoyment of your lessons. Being a visiting music teacher can involve rather unpredictable and challenging...

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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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Teaching great music lessons in the ‘new normal’

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4

Author: Jane Werry

This resource aims to give you some ideas for teaching great music lessons, whether remotely, through a ‘blended’ approach, or even back in the classroom – whenever that might be.

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From tab to score: teaching student guitarists how to read music

VMT

Author: Paul White

There’s no denying the fact that there are a lot of guitarists who can’t read music. (I’d like to stress that this is focused more on electric or acoustic guitarists, rather than ones who are...

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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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Continuing professional development, part 1

Extra-curricular music VMT

Author: Edward Maxwell

In this resource, I’ll be looking at how we can reflect on our approach to teaching and stimulate ourselves to do better. However experienced we are, and however good a teacher we might think we are,...

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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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