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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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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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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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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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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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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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