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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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AQA AoS7: Shostakovich

KS 5

Author: Richard Barnard

The AQA specification lists musical elements to examine and identify in Shostakovich’s works. Here is a brief guide to some of the more general aspects to listen for in his music, before a closer look...

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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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Teaching jazz harmony

KS 5

Author: David Guinane

In this resource, I’ll be exploring a range of jazz standards to give students an understanding of common chord progressions, as well as harmonic direction, structure and devices that will aid their...

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OCR AoS5 and Pre-U topic B1: Liszt’s Prometheus and Dvořák’s The Noon Witch

KS 5

Author: Jane Werry

This resource will consider two works: Liszt’s Prometheus, written in 1850, the fifth of his 13 symphonic poems; Dvořák’s The Noon Witch, written in 1896, the second of his later set of five symphonic...

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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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Eduqas A level AoS A: the development of the symphony, part 2, c1830-1900

KS 5 Secondary education

Author: Maria Johnson

This is the second part of a resource looking at the development of the symphony, which is the compulsory Area of Study for Eduqas AS and A level. AS students study from 1750 to 1830 (which was mostly...

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OCR A level AoS 1: Mozart Quintet for piano and wind

KS 5 Secondary education

Author: Hanh Doan

Mozart’s string quartets should not dismissed since comparisons between string writing, textures and dialogue will be interesting. As with all prescribed works, understanding Mozart’s (and his...

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Eduqas A level AoS A: the development of the symphony, part 1, 1750-c1830

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Maria Johnson

This resource looks at the development of the symphony from 1750 to about 1830, including Haydn’s symphonies. A later resource will continue from 1830 and will include Mendelssohn.

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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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