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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Preparing students for composing coursework

Secondary education KS 4

Author: Jane Werry

This resource examines some strategies for compositional groundwork, and offers tips for avoiding some of the most common pitfalls, as well as some ideas for getting students started.

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OCR AoS2: Nat King Cole's After Midnight

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Jonathan James

This resource explores the breadth of Nat King Cole's artistry and his influence, as well as appraising the four songs OCR have selected from his album After Midnight.

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Rock classics

KS 3

Author: Simon Rushby

This resource provides some lesson materials for Key Stage 3 inspired by some classic rock songs of the 1960s and 1970s era. We'll explore songs and performances that will give them a sense of a time...

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Revision for GCSE and A level music

KS 4 KS 5 AS A2

Author: Jane Werry

This resource follows on from the excellent revision resources in Music Teacher magazine that ran in March, April and May 2019. Here, a range of revision strategies will be discussed that can be used...

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OCR AoS1: Beethoven's Violin Concerto, first movement

KS 5 AS A2

Author: Maria Johnson

In 2020, the year marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, OCR A level students are lucky enough to be studying a work by that composer.

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Discipline and focus in instrumental lessons


Author: Richard Barnard

This resource gives practical advice in maintaining discipline and focus with small-group and one-to-one teaching. It will help you prepare and set up your lessons to encourage focus, give tips on...

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AQA AoS1: the orchestral music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

Secondary education KS 4 Archive

Author: Maria Johnson

This topic is part of Area of Study 1 for AQA GCSE music and includes a ‘study piece’: the second movement of Haydn's Clock Symphony (covered in its own resource, Music Teacher, November 2017)....

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Music and well-being

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Simon Rushby

This resource explores the role that music plays in our lives, and how we use it to support ourselves and help us deal with things. It then looks at ways in which we can challenge students to think...

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Steve Reich

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 Archive

Author: David Ashworth

The activities covered in this resource can be adapted for use across all key stages in secondary schools. They are particularly relevant for supporting GCSE and A level study and, indeed, most...

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Learning through sound

Extra-curricular music VMT Archive

Author: Richard Steggall

This resource looks at placing sound at the forefront of everything you teach.

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