Online Teaching Materials

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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Learning to read music

VMT Extra-curricular music

Author: Edward Maxwell

In this resource Maxwell will be looking at how learning literacy can provide a useful model for learning to read music: teaching music should take a holistic approach in which reading, listening and...

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Visual content for musical understanding

KS 3

Author: Jane Werry

One of the things that makes music a difficult subject to teach is its very nature. It’s ephemeral and invisible, and it exists only as movements of the air at a particular place and time. A score of...

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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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Wider listening activities, part 2

KS 3 Secondary education

Author: Jane Werry

This is the second of a two-part resource providing ideas for a full scheme of listening starters for KS3: one lesson a week for three years. This resource will cover repertoire from the modern era,...

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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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Performance exams

VMT

Author: Richard Steggall

In our current climate, the value of music education is constantly being questioned. We defend our corner by reeling off the benefits of learning an instrument: increased self-worth, boosted mental...

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Teaching students with special needs

VMT Extra-curricular music

Author: Edward Maxwell

Most music teachers have little or no training in coping with and understanding various needs and how to adapt their teaching accordingly. In this resource, I will look at some of the common...

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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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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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Wider listening activities, part 1

KS 3 Secondary education

Author: Jane Werry

This resource, and its sequel next month, will give you ideas on how to use wider listening examples as a ‘do now’ routine at the start of every KS3 lesson, including a repertoire list with enough on...

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