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Every month Music Teacher publishes materials for KS3, 4 and 5, offering complete units of work, GCSE and A level set-work info and activities, 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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OCR AoS 1: Haydn Symphony No. 48 (Maria Theresia)

KS 5

Author: Hanh Doan

This prescribed work should be studied and contextualised within a number of other works in this Area of Study. Studying other symphonies by Haydn, as well as some by Mozart and Beethoven, will be...

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Soundtrap

KS 3 KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

Following last month’s resource on BandLab (Music Teacher, June 2021), this month we turn to Soundtrap. Soundtrap and BandLab are both digital audio workstations (or DAWs) based in the cloud. They are...

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BandLab

KS 3

Author: James Manwaring

Over two resources James Manwaring is investigating cloud-based digital audio workstations: this month the focus is BandLab. BandLab is a free online digital audio workstation (or DAW) that allows...

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The basics of brass: establishing secure technical foundations

VMT

Author: Edward Maxwell

This is a practical guide for teaching beginner brass, explaining some basic principles in a user-friendly, jargon-free way. There are books available that explain the physics and physiology of brass...

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AQA AoS3: Paul Simon’s Graceland

KS 4

Author: Simon Rushby

In this resource we will look at the context and musical language of three songs from Graceland, which have been prescribed by AQA for study for the GCSE exam taken in 2022 and beyond as part of Area...

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From improvisation to composition in the classroom

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4

Author: Richard Barnard

This resource will take you through the process of teaching improvisation and composition within a class setting, working with students with different abilities and little improvisatory experience....

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AQA AoS1: Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Secondary education KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

The third movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A, K622 is a study piece for AQA’s GCSE Area of Study 1. The study of this piece will allow students to study not only the Classical style, but...

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Getting inside the A level jazz curriculum, part 2: instrumentalists

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Jonathan James

For some students, instrumental jazz can seem like black coffee compared to the milkshake of pop. It still has a reputation of being hard to access and appreciate, particularly post-swing. This...

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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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