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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Homework at KS3

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Jane Werry

Homework can be a valuable means of covering some of the factual knowledge about music that you want to bring into your lessons. By covering some of this in advance through homework tasks, you're...

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Soul music

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: David Ashworth

In this resource, we look at – or, rather, listen to – the musical crossovers between soul and rock/pop music, consider the importance of backing vocals in soul music, and how instruments are used in...

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Getting started with Cubase Elements 10: part one

Secondary education KS 3 Archive KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

This resource is designed to provide an introduction to Cubase Elements. Cubase software has various levels, and this is the entry-level version. It's an affordable piece of software for most schools,...

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GCSE music: theory tips and tricks

Secondary education KS 4 Archive

Author: James Manwaring

This resource focuses on the key areas of music theory that are common across all exam boards. I'll also share some ideas and strategies that have worked in my own lessons, with the aim of providing...

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AQA AoS1: The Requiem of the late-Romantic period

Secondary education KS 4 Archive

Author: Hanh Doan

This resource will give a brief overview of the context of the late-Romantic Requiem, followed by detailed analysis of some extracts from three key works.

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Active listening

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

This resource translates the wisdom on active listening from its original therapeutic setting to a musical one, asking how processes in the first might be applied to the second. It then surveys...

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Activities for the summer holidays

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Anna Gower

This resource is a collection of ideas for holiday activities for students at KS3, 4 and 5. Some of these are based on the Listings Resource that can be found in the second half of the article. This...

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OCR A level AoS5: Programme music

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

Teaching programme music should be the fun bit. It's where music is at its most descriptive and vivid, with an obvious narrative that offers an ideal launch point into the exploration of so many core...

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Creativity at Key Stage 3

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Anna Gower

With graded instrumental repertoire widely available, and three out of four GCSE exam boards linking standards to an equivalent grade, there can be a bias towards performing at KS3 as the means to...

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OCR AoS1: Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

The aim of this resource is to cover both the usual areas required for examination, as well as offering some more context that might provoke wider exploration beyond the prescribed work and enhance...

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