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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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Developing wider listening: opera, part one

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

In this multi-part series, we’ll chart the development of Western opera as we know it, from its early incarnations in the Renaissance, through its unparalleled growth in the late Baroque and Classical...

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Working with parents, friends and your community

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: James Manwaring

A successful music department relies on the community around it – students, staff, parents, friends and the broader local community. Without all these elements, it’s hard to sustain a programme that...

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OCR/AQA/Edexcel: solo artists of the 21st century

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Jane Werry

There are several GCSE and A Level specifications that include pop music from the 1990s to the present day. This resource will look at the music of three extremely well-known solo artists of the 21st...

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Composing to a brief

KS 4

Author: Richard Barnard

GCSE composing briefs tend to be fairly vague and... brief! In this resource we’ll explore what elements to focus on, how to use the given briefs to your students’ advantage, and how to choose the...

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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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Developing wider listening: jazz, part 3

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

The final part of our Developing Wider Listening resource on jazz focuses on what happened in jazz after the Second World War. We'll look at the new styles that emerged and consider how jazz ‘coped’...

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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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Developing wider listening: jazz, part 2

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

In the first of this three-part Developing Wider Listening resource on jazz we looked at the origins of the genre, from its roots in the work songs and spirituals associated with slavery in America in...

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